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HENRY WILSON (1864 - 1934)

A Highly Important Jewelled Gold & Enamel Pendant


HENRY WILSON (1864 - 1934)

A Highly Important Jewelled Gold & Enamel Pendant

Designed in three parts, it is set with cabochon sapphires, emeralds, rubies, moonstones & seed pearls. The central sapphire of the large pendant with its enamelled frame is hinged & opens to reveal a small compartment.

H  13.40cm (5.28 in)  |  W  5.00cm (1.97 in)

Origin England, c. 1908
Case Fitted Case
Condition Very good

Henry Wilson, a leading figure in the British Arts & Crafts movement, was described by C.R. Ashbee as the ‘arch individualist’.
Wilson was a trained architect. He taught metalwork at the Central School of Arts & Crafts from 1896 & the Royal College of Art from 1901. His definitive textbook ‘Silver work & Jewellery’ was published in 1903.
The following was written of him ‘Henry Wilson’s originality stemmed from his ability to combine the strictest disciplines of his craft with a multitudinous variety of influences, resulting in some of the most daringly individual jewels of the period’.

A member of Henry Wilson’s family.

Paris 1914, Arts et Metiers de la Grande Bretagne.
London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1969-85

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 259
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 1998, Handbook, Published in association with Harpers & Queen, Silver, Jewellery & Objects of Vertu, Tadema Gallery, Stand 21, illustrated p. 263.
Helen Ritchie Designers & Jewellery 1850-1940, Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum, 2018, pp. 86-93 biography

Acquired by The Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

Price Code

Ref No   2583