Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Celebrating Edinburgh and Scotland

August is just the best time to be in Edinburgh - the city streets throng with people from all over the world, all here to experience some of the thousands of productions running in every theatre, hall, marquee, nook and cranny, as well as the historical sights, the Tattoo, the open air markets and street performers.
I have always included some Scottish silver in my collection. But what better time than during the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.

There are three distinct groups offered in this listing, which will appear over a number of weeks:  Scottish modern, Scottish Mackintosh-inspired and Scottish prehistoric, Celtic and Viking

The islands in the north of Scotland were under Scandinavian rule from the Viking age until the late Middle Ages. There are still a lot of Nordic influences, and the fine silversmiths of the Orkney and Shetland Isles produce wonderful pieces based on their Nordic heritage.

The same silversmiths, notably Ola Gorie and Malcolm Gray of Ortak, were obviously influenced by Scandinavian Modern in their formative years, when they produced some great modernist pieces.

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Glaswegian architect, artist and and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh has already witnessed terrible and wonderful events. His most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art, was destroyed by fire earlier this year, and at the same time, his Gesamtkunstwerk the Willow Tea Rooms has been reborn.   The motifs used in his interiors; grids, stylised roses, petals and leaves, have inspired many local silversmiths, and we offer a collection by Carrick Jewellery Ltd.

item 1221,  Ortak  silver modernist agate brooch,  costs  £68

item 1894,   Una Hutchinson Sterling silver modernist necklace,  SOLD 

item 1895,   Gilchrist Sterling silver modernist pendant,  SOLD

item 1896,  Carrick Sterling silver modernist ladder brooch,  costs £55

item 1897, Jack Spencer Sterling modernist pendant + chain,   SOLD

item 1898,   Birthe Andersen Sterling modernist ring,  SOLD

item 1899,  Keith Robinson  Sterling silver lattice bangle / arm cuff,  n/a

item 1900, Keith Robinson Sterling silver amethyst arm cuff/bangle, n/a

item 1901, Keith Robinson Sterling silver sodalite arm cuff/bangle, SOLD

item 1902, Ola Gorie Sterling silver stylised flower brooch, costs £75

item 1903, Carrrick Jewellery  Sterling silver Mackintosh-inspired necklace in box, SOLD

item 1904, Carrick Jewellery Mackintosh-inspired Sterling silver drop earrings for pierced ears, in box, cost £30

item 1905, Carrick Jewellery Mackintosh-inspired Sterling silver brooch, costs £45

item 1906, Carrick Jewellery Mackintosh-inspired Sterling silver drop earrings for pierced ears, in box,  SOLD

item 1907, Carrick Jewellery Mackintosh-inspired Sterling silver ear studs in box, cost £28

item 1908, Carrick Jewellery Mackintosh-inspired large rectangular Sterling silver brooch in box, SOLD

item 1909,  Ola Gorie large Sterling silver Maeshowe dragon pendant,  SOLD

item 1910,  Ola Gorie Sterling silver Sjusta brooch,  SOLD

item 1911, Ola Gorie Sterling silver Burrian cross ring with box,  sold

item 1912,  Ola Gorie Sterling silver Burrian cross cufflinks,  cost £95

item 1913,  Kit Heath Sterling Trefoil necklace, costs £ 55

item 1915,  Solvar silver rhodium trefoil  brooch in box,  SOLD

item 1915,  Sterling silver Ulbster Cross pendant WJ,  SOLD
item 1916,  Sterling silver  Celtic knot ear studs, SOLD

item 1918,  John Hart Ionian silver Viking ship ear studs,  cost £36

item 1918, John Leman enamel fantasy beast pendant,  SOLD