AN ART DECO SAPPHIRE BEAD AND DIAMOND SUITE
The Property of a Lady
AN ART DECO SAPPHIRE BEAD AND DIAMOND SUITE

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AN ART DECO SAPPHIRE BEAD AND DIAMOND SUITE
Comprising a necklace, bracelet and pair of ear pendants, each set with a series of graduated polished sapphire beads, measuring approximately 20.7-10.6mm, interspersed by single pearl and old-cut diamond collet trio connections, circa 1925, 44.1cm, 19.5cm and 3.4cm
Provenance
The property of the late Lady Joan Sherborne (7th August 1908 – 3rd June 1982) and thence by descent

Joan Molesworth Dunn was the daughter of the Canadian financier and industrialist Sir James Hamet Dunn.
During the 2nd World War Joan responded to Britain’s desperate need for amateur pilots by joining the Air Transport Auxiliary in March 1941 and was given the rank of First Officer. As part of the ATA she demonstrated considerable courage and skill in flying aircraft between factories and front line squadrons. Her Commanding Officer, Hugh Bergel remarked that ‘she never considered herself to be a good pilot but that he never saw anything to complain of’. Apparently ‘she never qualified on twin-engined types but did get to fly all the singles with care and skill’.

Both Joan and her future husband, the Honourable Charles Dutton flew aircraft for the ATA, firstly at HQ Ferry Pool at White Waltham and after they married on 20th February 1943, at the Ferry Pool at Aston Down near their marital home, finally both leaving the service in 1945. Charles Dutton became 7th Baron Sherborne in 1949 and lived with Joan on the Sherborne Estate at Lodge Park in Gloucestershire, England’s only surving 17th century deer course and grandstand. The remaining estate of more than 4,000 acres and their home Lodge Park passed to the National Trust after the 7th Baron's death in 1983.

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