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Vintage MIRIAM HASKELL 'Chinoiserie' Mother of Pearl Necklace
Fresh from a recent estate is this lovely Miriam Haskell necklace. It has an Asian theme with a chunky double-sided porcelain medallion depicting a picturesque scene with birds (look like storks or herons) and a Bonsai tree. Four blue and white porcelain or pottery beads have the Chinese symbol for happiness on each side and include other Chinese characters as well. The rest of the necklace is made up of smaller polished mother of pearl (possibly onyx, but I believe MOP), and royal blue glass beads. Dates to the 1970's or 80's, during the time that the Haskell company created diverse pieces of the non-traditional and ethnic.
Measures: Necklace is 29" long. Pendant is 1 3/4". Blue/White beads are 9/16" in diameter. The blue beads are 5/16" and the mother of pearl are 1/4".
Very, very good vintage condition. I have looked closely and don't see any chips to any of the beads. The only thing the keeps me from saying this is excellent in condition is that in extra close inspection with my loupe I noticed some very minor crazing on the pendant and the tiny silver colored spacers are showing some wear. Also some wear to the hang tag and clasp. Rest assured this is not seen under normal viewing. You may also see some dust and build up on the beads that I didn't see until I saw the close-ups, so I'm giving it a light cleaning to remove that.
Overall, this is a fascinating piece that marked a different era of the company's history of design. Signed Miriam Haskell on the hang tag along with her lock in slide clasp pat. no. 3427691. Ca. 1970's. A truly wonderful treasure for your collection.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Blue/White, Size: 29
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Leslie Gibbins, Lexington, KY
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