|Titel||De Antwerpse goudsmid Emile Anthony en zijn “Bijoux Anthony” (1885-1897)|
Emile Anthony (1856-1936) was a passionate gold- and silversmith working in the Antwerp based family business. In 1885 Emile Anthony applies for a number of patents on a new jewellery line he calls “Bijoux Anthony”. His
Emile Anthony exhibits his “Bijoux Anthony” at the ‘Exposition Universelle d’Anvers’ in 1885, at the ‘International Exhibition of Navigation, Commerce, and Industry’ of Liverpool, United Kingdom in 1886 and possibly at the ‘Exposition Universelle d’Anvers’ in 1894. He is rewarded with a golden medal in 1885 and 1886, and in various publications he is discussed and the jewellery is praised. In 1897 Emile Anthony and Wolfers Frères, a renowned jeweller from Brussels, establish ‘Emile Anthony & Wolfers Frères’. The jewellery develop to distinct art nouveau and art deco styles.
Recently two pieces of the “Bijoux Anthony” are purchased in an auction in Brussels. (Ill. 39) The fine pair of earrings and brooch exactly meet the definition of the “Bijoux Anthony”. These pieces of jewellery are hallmarked with a previously unknown signature formed by an ‘E’ combined with an ‘A’ and an ‘A’ above the word ‘Breveté. (Ill. 40). This signature can definitily be attributed to Emile Anthony since it can be compared with his signatures on various jewellery designs. (Ill. 15-18)
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