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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)
    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold openwork, gold openwork, pearls, blister pearls sapphires, emeralds, rubies, moonstone, turquoise

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.331-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 28, shelf C, box 1

Henry Wilson's jewellery is distinctive for its rich colour combinations worked in stones and enamel, and its sculptural qualities. Like many other Arts and Crafts designers, including C.R. Ashbee, Wilson trained originally as an architect. He became interested in metals in the early 1890s, and went on to teach at the Royal College of Art, publishing a practical manual Silverwork and Jewellery in 1903.

In the preface to the manual he encouraged the student to 'feed his imagination on old work' and his own attraction to historical themes can be seen in the form of this piece, which draws on the shapes found in Renaissance pendants.

Physical description

Pendant of gold openwork, pearls, blister pearls sapphires, emeralds, rubies, moonstone, turquoise. At the back, hidden by the pearls, a pendant relief of the Virgin and Child with the legend 'MATER CHRISTI', probably embossed b Felice Signorelli. Maker's mark HW in monogram.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)
Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Gold openwork, gold openwork, pearls, blister pearls sapphires, emeralds, rubies, moonstone, turquoise

Marks and inscriptions

'MATER CHRISTI'
legend

'HW'
Maker's mark for Henry Wilson

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 cm, Width: 3.4 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant, gold openwork, pearls, blister pearls sapphires, emeralds, rubies, moonstone, turquoise, designed by Henry Wilson and made at his workshop, London, about 1900

Materials

Gold; Pearls; Sapphire; Emerald; Ruby; Turquoise; Moonstone

Subjects depicted

Openwork

Categories

Jewellery; Accessories; Metalwork; Religion; Christianity; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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