Rings And Other Jewelry By Bernard Instone
When searching for examples of the British Arts and Crafts movement, my first stop is usually the website of London’s Tadema Gallery, and it was there that I found examples of the work of Bernard Instone (1891-1987), to feature on this post today.
The one that caught my eye was the c.1925 Arts and Crafts ring featured below… with a remarkable Australian butterfly wing opal set in silver. It’s attributed to Bernard Instone, and it certainly looks like his work at first glance. The ring has been sold, so alas it is not available to buy now. But if you do find you like his work, you’ll be able to keep your eye out for a piece.
Perhaps you aren’t as familiar with the Arts and Crafts movement as with other styles? In case that’s so, I’ve copied a text excerpt from the Victoria and Albert Museum (below the images) about this important movement. Also below the images is the Next Page link, so you can click through to see other rings by Instone.
Images: Tadema Gallery
The Arts and Crafts Movement
”The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, profound and far-reaching design movements of modern times. It began in Britain around 1880 and quickly spread across America and Europe before emerging finally as the Mingei (Folk Crafts) movement in Japan.
It was a movement born of ideals. It grew out of a concern for the effects of industrialisation: on design, on traditional skills and on the lives of ordinary people. In response, it established a new set of principles for living and working. It advocated the reform of art at every level and across a broad social spectrum, and it turned the home into a work of art.
The Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, founded in 1887, but it encompassed a very wide range of like-minded societies, workshops and manufacturers. Other countries adapted Arts and Crafts philosophies according to their own needs. While the work may be visually very different, it is united by the ideals that lie behind it.”
WHat would we do without the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum…? Many thanks to the V&A for the text above.
Thanks to Tadema Gallery for the comprehensive information and images. It’s always such a pleasure to explore their archives.
The link below will take you to the next page…