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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dawson, Edith Brearey, born 1862 - died 1928 (designer and maker)
    Dawson, Nelson Ethelred, born 1859 - died 1941 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamel plaque in gold and silver-gilt surround, with pendant amethysts and an opal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Rhoda Bickerdike and Miss Mary Dawson

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.263-1955

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf D, box 3

Nelson Dawson learned enamelling from the distinguished teacher and enameller Alexander Fisher. He passed on this knowledge to his wife Edith, who was a skilled watercolourist. She went on to do most of the enamelling in their joint work. They showed their first jewellery in 1899. It was set with the subtle botanical studies that were to become so typical of their work. The flowers on this pendant are tradescantia.

Physical description

Enamel plaque with a floral motif in a surround of gold with three pendants. Gold and silver-gilt, set with an enamel plaque of a cluster of tradescantia and drops of opal and amethyst. The central pendant is an irregularly shaped opal, on each side are two faceted amethysts. The chain is of gold. Dated 1900. The enamel, probably by Edith Dawson, signed with the initial D enclosed by a leaf.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Dawson, Edith Brearey, born 1862 - died 1928 (designer and maker)
Dawson, Nelson Ethelred, born 1859 - died 1941 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamel plaque in gold and silver-gilt surround, with pendant amethysts and an opal

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 cm, Width: 4.7 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled pendant in gold and silver-gilt surround with pendant amethysts and an opal, designed and made by Nelson and Edith Dawson, London, 1900

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

Joyasde del Modernismo Artista a la Vanguardia. Barcelona: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. p. 91, no. 49. ISBN 9788480432252

Materials

Enamel; Gold; Opal; Amethyst; Silver-gilt

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Tradescantia

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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