We are delighted to be offering a substantial selection of late 19th century to Arts & Crafts jewellery from the collection of Dr Anne Shannon.
While pursuing a career in medicine as a GP in London, Anne began collecting Georg Jensen silver Jewellery. As her knowledge in jewellery grew over the following 50 years with frequent visits to dealers and auctions, so her collection has grown and developed.
As part of her endeavour to learn more in her subject of interest, Anne undertook a course at Sotheby’s and joined the Society of Jewellery Historians. A chance meeting with Muriel Wilson (news editor of Jewellery History Today) led to them volunteering at the invitation of David Beasley at Goldsmiths Hall, to spend one day a week over several years organising and archiving a very large bequeathed collection of Omar Ramsden/Ramsden & Carr design drawings.
The close ongoing involvement with this work led Anne to start purchasing a variety of their pendants, bracelets, brooches, rings and earrings to create her own collection. This project grew in parallel with continuing additions she made to her Georg Jensen range with emphasis on his early work. In this, she was advised and guided by Michael von Essen, curator of Jensen’s antique department and museum in Copenhagen for over 40 years.
Increased involvement with a range of London antique jewellery dealers further widened Anne’s knowledge and sphere of interest. She came to embrace a range of British and European designers whose work she began collecting to create sub-sections within her growing collection. One of her notable Castellani bracelets was selected by the BARD Graduate Center in New York for display in an exhibition of classical revival jewellery in 2004/5 before being transferred to Rome.
Anne is now retired and lives with her husband in Buckinghamshire. They have a son and daughter and five grandchildren.