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David Webb Tadpole Green Enamel, Diamonds, Rubies Vintage Brooch

$21,037

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Gold, Platinum, Green Enamel, Ruby and Diamond Tadpole Brooch, David Webb 18 kt., the stylized tadpole applied with green enamel and applied gold spiral spots, with two collet-set oval cabochon ruby eyes further edged by twisted gold, its platinum lips set with 22 round and single-cut diamonds approximately .45 ct., with an articulated enamel and looped hammered gold tail, signed David Webb, approximately 31 dwts.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold,Platinum,Enamel
  • Stone
    Diamond,Ruby
  • Stone Cut
    Oval Cut
  • Style
    Modern
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: RR62751stDibs: LU789310901752

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About the Designer

David Webb

“Women are tired of jewelry-looking jewelry,” celebrated American designer David Webb once noted. In response, he created a menagerie of whimsical animals rendered as rings, brooches, earrings and, especially, bangle bracelets. This playfulness permeates all Webb’s work, which is characterized by brightly hued enamel and color-saturated semiprecious stones like coral, azurmalachite and turquoise, the notable exception being the clear, elegant rock crystal for which he had an affinity. The North Carolina native apprenticed with his uncle, a silversmith, before moving to New York, where he established David Webb Inc. in 1948. He had no formal training in jewelry design. Instead, he culled inspiration from the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas, as well as the traditions of India and China — influences discernible in such pieces as his collar necklaces and talisman-like sautoirs. Webb’s first animal bracelet was produced in 1957. His most famous, the zebra, took shape in 1963; its stripes now form the company’s logo. Although Webb died in 1975, his company continues to produce designs drawn from his extensive archives, and every piece is still made in the workshop above its Madison Avenue store. Find an alluring collection of David Webb jewelry on 1stDibs, including earrings, brooches and other accessories.
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