Frank Buckley & Son, Tunstall, c1930s - 1940s. Frank Buckley was a decorator operating at the Plex Street Pottery, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. He and his fellow designers used blanks (undecorated ware) from pottery manufacturers and then added their own decoration - often in an art deco style or floral pattern. Frank Buckley was associated with the Colclough China Company and the W H Grindley Company at the Newfield Pottery.
This beautifully romantic plate shows three people seated around a table, outdoors, whilst one woman plays the lute. It is signed 'Fragonard' in the bottom right. Fragonard was a French artist who painted many pieces of decorated Limoges porcelain. This plate seems to be a transfer of a Fragonard design onto a blank china plate, all done by Frank Buckley c1940.
The piece for the pendant in this set shows the lady, standing, playing the lute, whilst the piece for the ring shows the right-hand seated figure of the trio, the bewigged gentleman in the rose-coloured coat, leaning in to listen to his companion as she plays. Both their heads were resting on the angled part of the saucer, so I had to carefully nip them into two smaller pieces in order to mosaic them flat into the bezels.
The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This rectanglar pendant and ring both measure 30mm x 15mm x 5mm.
The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -
wire collar 46cm/18"
box chain 56cms/22"
link chain 66cms/26"
Frank Buckley 'Fragonard design' vintage china pendant and ring set
The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver ring is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break.
The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.