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JAMES CROMAR WATT (1862 - 1940)

Superb Flying Fish Necklace


JAMES CROMAR WATT (1862 - 1940)

Superb Flying Fish Necklace

Gold, enamel, turquoise, pearls

W  41.00cm (16.14 in)

Origin Scottish, c. 1909
Case Fitted Case

Illustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 75
"Watts' greatest passion was the skilled enamelling of plaques, metalwork, and pieces of jewellery and this necklace is a rare example of his mature work. Carefully balanced, festooned chains interspersed with tiny freshwater pearls support foiled enamel pendants and turquoise stones. His enamelling skills are apparent in the remarkable depth and brilliance of colour of the pendants, shading from palest blue to bright turquoise. Here he has utilised his favoured foiled enamelling to achieve such delicacy of tone and detail. In this technique layers of translucent colour were slowly built upon a ground of textured metal. Each layer of colour, mixed with oil or water, was applied and fired individually to create the desired effect and the temperature carefully monitored to ensure that the previous work was not damaged." Aberdeen Art Gallery

Acquired by the Aberdeen Art Gallery

Price Code

Ref No   1630