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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 37

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)

    A bracelet and a pair of earrings

    Price Realised  

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    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
    A bracelet and a pair of earrings
    the bracelet of torc design with concave hammered decoration to tapering terminals and a pair of matching square panel drop earrings (screw-back fittings), some repair
    bracelet: 2½ in. (6.4 cm.), diameter; earrings: each 1½ in. (3.9 cm.), long.
    Conceived in 1961.
    Sold with a copy of a letter from William Scott to Olga Davenport regarding the present lot.

    The bracelet is recorded in the William Scott Archives as No. 2165. The earrings are recorded as No. 2164.


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    The bracelet and earrings relate to a gold pectoral pendant by William Scott, 1961, now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This pendant was exhibited at the International Jewellery Exhibition held at Goldsmiths Hall, London, 1961 and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Jewellery Gallery, London, Modern Artists' Jewels, September - November 1984, cat. no. 38, illus. in colour.

    An extract from an entry in Mary Scott's diary on Tuesday 26 September 1961 states that 'McWilliams come. W. sends off bracelet to Olga.'
    This dates the letter from Scott to Olga sent from Elm Tree Cottage in which he writes;
    'I was very pleased that you like the earings [sic]. I have now made for you the bracelet to match. We are expecting Mac and Beth today '
    (The Mac and Beth to whom Scott refers are F.E. McWilliam and his wife).
    Some years later, (2nd January 1966) on the occasion of Scott being awarded CBE, Olga writes to congratulate him. In this she mentions that Clem Greenberg (Clement Greenberg), 'caught sight of my bracelet and gazed at it with the greatest admiration. "Isn't that marvellous" he said. ''I told you Scott was one of the finest artists working today" said I firmly. One more bracelet triumph! It brings delight daily dearest William, and is seldom off my arm.'
    [William Scott Archive reference: A/12/0060 ie WSA A/12/0060]

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    Provenance

    Designed and made by the artist for Olga Davenport.