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In a Fashion update on eccentric jewels, Tamsin Blanchard reported on an exhibition at Spink & Son in 1992 for The Independent.

Late Arts and Crafts jewellery of the Twenties and Thirties is the subject of an outstanding display at the art dealers and jewellers Spina & Son, running in central London until Christmas.

The exhibition of antique and 20th-century jewellery concentrates on the wave of British Arts and Crafts jewellers who stuck to their own slightly eccentric design path rather than follow developments in New York and Paris. They include Sybil Dunlop and Dorrie Nossiter, staunch individualists who worked with semiprecious gems to create rich and flamboyant Oriental patterns, and Moshe Over, who made a series of exquisite silver rings in the form of animals and birds.

Fashion update: Eccentric jewels

Frances Mascolo reports in the Boston Herald on the standing room only spring Americana sale in East Dennis, including work by Dorrie.

Colorful Arts and Crafts pieces by English jeweler Dorrie Nossiter attracted high interest and strong prices. A jeweled brooch in the form of a wreath with sapphires, emeralds, moonstones and pearls, with a sapphire-and-ruby insect was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 and fetched $8,625. A Nossiter echelle necklace with citrine drops surrounded by clustered pastel gemstones, pearls and emeralds, with strands of pearls was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, and reached $11,500; and an amethyst-and-pearl brooch was $1,092. A Nossiter jeweled cluster ring with a center peridot, surrounded by citrines and aquamarines and with gold bead accents, went out at $977.50.

This is possibly the piece with insect mentioned as shown in Husfloen's price guide Husfloen K (Ed) (2001)

Virginia Bohlin, Globe Correspondent reports

Another highlight of the auction is jewelry by Dorrie Nossiter, an English arts and crafts designer.

"It is rare to get one piece of Dorrie Nossiter jewelry, and here we have seven," said Lieberman.

The jewelry was consigned by a Boston woman who inherited it from her mother, a frequent traveler to England.

The seven pieces include three brooches, two rings, earrings, and a sautoir (long necklace).

"Dorrie Nossiter was a very flamboyant woman who loved champagne and working in her garden," said Lieberman.

"The result is her jewelry is about flowers and lots of color," said Lieberman.

Estimates for the Dorrie Nossiter jewelry to be auctioned are in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.

Skinners Auction, March 30th 1999.

Jewellery from the Arts & Crafts period is becoming increasingly collectable says Tarn Harrison of Bonhams in Knowle.

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A nostalgic look at life in Lisenden Gardens, December 4th 2009 by Bridget Galton.

Resident Rosalind Bayley, who moved there in 2001, has written an exhaustive history of the estate: To Paradise By Way of Gospel Oak (Camden History Society) available in local bookstores.

It describes how the new flats were valued in 1901 at between £35 and £47 and early residents were skilled artisans, such as tailors and builders. By 1911 they were mostly City workers, engineers, solicitors, teachers, writers and artists, merchants and managers. Among the celebrated residents over the years were the composer Haydn Wood, the artist Anthony Green, jewellery designer Dorrie Nossiter, writer James Hanley and feminist activist Alice Zimmern.

To Paradise by way of Gospel Oak by Rosalind Bayley. The history of a mansion flat estate in Lissenden Gardens and the forces that shaped it. Available from Camden History Society http://www.camdenhistorysociety.org/.

Lissenden Gardens

An Interview with Arts and Crafts Jewelry Collector and Author Elyse Karlin By Maribeth Keane and Brad Quinn, in Collectors Weekly 2010, February 5th.

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