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Cape Pendants

Inspired by hours spent getting to know antique Cape furniture in the said department at Auction House Sotheby’s/Stephan Welz & Co., I decided to do a jewellery range based on the key-plates found on grand old pieces of Cape furniture. These escutcheons, made from brass and sterling silver, are smaller versions of the original and combine traditional hand-cut work with laser technology. You too can be a piece of history, guarding all sorts of secrets by wearing the small metallic escutcheon above your heart.   Chandler House is a small design studio that Michael Chandler set up in 2010 after leaving the art and antique auction world. It is his interest in antiques and the Cape’s visual history that inform his current designs. Says Chandler: “The Cape visual history is rich and largely untapped. I hope that by using it as a source of inspiration, my designs might encourage people to look into our rich cultural past and appreciate how unique and rich it is. And have fun while doing it.”