Dorrie Nossiter was born in 1893 in Aston, near Birmingham. She created her jewels in both the Art Deco and Arts & Crafts movements, using silver and gold. Her work is typically vibrant and colourful, using a wide array of gemstones to include tourmaline, topaz, peridot, amethyst, sapphire, pearl and jade. Dorrie exhibited at the Walker’s Gallery, London from 1935 - 1939, first appearing in an exhibition entitled Art by Four Women in which her earrings, designed to curve around the ear with delicate pearl drops generated much interest.
Notably, Dorrie Nossiter's jewellery is set with a fabulous and clustered selection of gemstones, set in light claw settings. Peter Hinks (1983) describes her work superbly:
"Her designs rely almost entirely upon the colours of the gems with which they are set for their effect, chromatic harmonies and contrasts rather than shapes and texures."
Dorrie Nossiter's jewellery is frequently confused with that of her contempoararies, Sibyl Dunlop. Both of these jeweller's pieces are highly collectable yet always unsigned, and so attribution and valuation from a specialist is crucial for achieving the best price possible at auction. For a free auction valuation of your jewellery, contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey
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