Australian jewellery from the gold rush era for sale at Chorleys UK Three important pieces of Australian gold jewellery, of huge cultural significance to Australia and its mining heritage goes under the hammer on 20/21 September at Chorley's in the UK.
News-Antique.com - Sep 05,2016 - Three important pieces of Australian gold jewellery will go under the hammer at Chorley’s, Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, UK, in their 20 & 21 September sale; these pieces illustrate the skill and innovation of goldsmiths during the goldrush era. During this vibrant period immigrant jewellers turned their talents to the depiction of Australian flora and fauna leading to the development of a truly distinctive Australian style and identity.
The most important pioneers of this style were Julius Hogarth (1820-1879) and Conrad Erichsen who were the first Australian jewellers to create gold brooches and bracelets which incorporated native flora and fauna and occasionally small Aboriginal figures. The firm was also known for making important commissions, sporting trophies and elaborate exhibition pieces which received widespread acclaim. Pieces attributed to Julius Hogarth can be found in are in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, and the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Lot 505, an oval brooch is typical of their work depicting an emu and a kangaroo beneath a grass tree and banksia, estimate £2000-3000. A pair of earrings depicting kangaroo and emu ask £600-800, Lot 504.
Another key figure is Christian Ludwig Qwist (1818-1877) a talented jeweler as well as a photographer. Quist worked for Hogarth & Erichsen just prior to their 1861 bankruptcy and would have been involved in photographing their products as well as in goldsmithing. Lot 506 bears his mark and shows the influence of H&Es elaborate gold bracelets, it is also likely that the little silver figures of emu, kangaroo and Aborigine would have been supplied by Julius Hogarth. Few bracelets of this quality survive and this example is expected to achieve £6000-8000