Henry Blank Enamel Flower Brooch
Designed and rendered by Henry Blank & Company, this 14k yellow gold flower brooch is an example of the exquisite use of the technique of guilloché enameling. Without much effort, the incised fine lines which replicate the delicacy and realism of a blossom are apparent. Translucent and iridescent enamels of verdant green, pulsating pink and buttermilk cream and yellow display the astonishing coloration that this firm was able to apply.
A pinwheel of ten (10) cultured seed pearls accents the center of the flowerhead. The reverse reveals the brooch fittings as well as several small loops, which facilitates adding a few links to enable the brooch to be worn as a pendant. Three-dimensional realism leaves nothing to the imagination.
Date: Circa 1920.
Measurements: 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) in length and width by 1/4 of an inch (3.2 cm) in depth. Weight of 4.6 grams (2.9 dwt).
Hallmarks: 14k; mark for Whiteside & Blank.
Historical Notes: Henry Blank & Co. established in 1917 was formerly the jewelry design and manufacturing firm of N. E. Whiteside & Co. (est. 1890) of Newark, New Jersey which in 1903 became Whiteside and Blank in 1903. Known as one of the few firms which offered plique à jour enamel decoration, the company also fabricated fine platinum jewelry and provided jewelry for Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Black, Starr and Frost and Raymond Yard. Henry Blank & Co. closed in 1986. A little known fact is that Henry Blank survived the sinking of The Titanic.
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