To me this piece has always been known as 'The Lute PLayer', from the first day I found the plate in a local op shop. I have no idea what the actual design is called, because I have been unable to trace the exact pattern.
I know it was manufactured by The Empire Porcelain Company, possibly in the 1940's, but I can't be sure of that. The Empire Porcelain Co was established in about 1896 at the Empire Works in Stoke Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The original partners were made up of members of the Austrian families of Rosenfeld and Lazarus who ran other ceramic factories in Europe. The Empire Porcelain Company operated from two factories, either side of Elgin Road - one of which may originally have belonged to Grimwades.
This beautiful pendant has such a romantic, old-fashioned feel of days of yore, when men wore tights and played lutes to ladies reclining under the trees.
The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This round pendant is 20mm across and 5mm deep.
The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -
wire collar 46cm/18"
box chain 56cms/22"
link chain 66cms/26"
'The Lute Player', round vintage china pendant
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.