Pearl pendant

Ornate pearl pendant on a chain.

Gold, silver, opal, seed pearl, butterfly wings, c1907

Joseph Hodel (1873 - 1930), who designed this piece, worked in Liverpool between about 1909 and 1928. He was a jeweller and a metal craftsman who worked mostly in the Arts and Crafts style.

Little is known about him before he came to Liverpool. He worked in London before coming to Liverpool to teach. He exhibited works at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and at Walker Art Gallery.

The pendant is in the 'Art Nouveau' style and, as often with this style of jewellery, it contains natural objects, in this case butterfly wings. The border of the piece has silver rose heads inspired by the 'Glasgow Rose' design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.