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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Davie, Alan, born 1920 - died 2014 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf B, box 2

Although primarily a painter, Alan Davie produced jewellery during the 1940s and 1950s. He was also an influential teacher on the Design course at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts. This ring was shown at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery, which was organised jointly by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the V&A in 1961. It covered the decades from 1890 to 1961, with more than 1,000 exhibits representing a tremendous variety of styles. The organisers aimed to demonstrate the artistic potential of jewellery. They also hoped to reverse the depressed state of the British jewellery trade, which had suffered from wartime austerity measures and prohibitive purchase taxes. There was a strong emphasis on the contemporary, including pieces by artist-craftsmen and idiosyncratic pieces by painters and sculptors, as well as objects from the major jewellery houses.

Physical description

A plain silver ring surmounted by a figure of a stylised bird, the body of the bird and the other side of the ring are decorated with rounded pellets of silver.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca.1955 (made)


Davie, Alan, born 1920 - died 2014 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 4.1 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Length: 5 cm

Descriptive line

Silver ring in the form of a bird, designed and made by Alan Davie, England, ca.1955.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Jewels and Jewellery' Clare Phillips, V&A Publications, 2000



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Scotland


Metalwork Collection

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