offered is a turn of the century, ornate art glass necklace signed GNS&Co for George Steere out of RI during the early 1900s. This unique necklace features a grotesque face resembling a green man, very art nouveau also resembling some of Maxfield Parrish's designs. This style of jewelry (popular from 1890 -1920) has been described as "Beaux Arts or Neo Renaissance) according to Christie Romero on p. 115 of the 3rd edition of Warman's Jewelry Identification and price guide.
Necklace features a gothic face with tiny garnet eyes, shimmering art glass cabs and ornate filigree scrollwork panels. Color of glass cabs is a deep matte burgundy with turquoise and gold shimmers. Color of metal is a mellow gold tone with age and patina. Necklace appears to be gilt over brass.
Necklace measures 16 3/4" around, and hangs down 3 3/4" at the drop. This lovely old necklace was worn and loved and does show age. There is a tiny hairline and nic on the center stone ... not readily noticable, and there is a tiny nic on the stone to the right of the center stone ... again not readily noticable. There is wear to the gilding and there is patina thru out. It appears the last few links on each side of the necklace and the bar bell clasp is a replacement ... very professionally done. Perhaps the necklace needed lengthening at some point.
I really love this antique necklace.... it may not be in perfect condition, but I bet it could tell some really good stories!
Item ID: 721
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