In the 1890s the Newlyn Industrial Class was established by artist John D Mackenzie to provide education and an alternative source of income for the local fishermen. Crafts such as jewellery, copper, enamel work and textiles were encouraged from workshops on Champion Slip.
While beaten copper vessels, fashioned with fish, galleons and other marine motifs, are the best-known products of the Newlyn craft revival, the jewellery made there is equally distinctive.
An excellent example came for sale at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery & Watches sale in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, on June 28.
This Arts & Crafts necklace, c.1900, is set with plaques of shaded green and blue enamel and specimens of labradorite. Signed Newlyn Enamel to each plaque, it sold comfortably above hopes at £950 (estimate £500-700).