The Dr. Anne Shannon Collection of Jewellery – A Lecture by John Benjamin

26th October 2018


We are delighted to announce that Woolley and Wallis will be hosting a lecture on a recently consigned major collection of 19th and 20th-century jewellery on Friday 26th October.

The collection has been amassed over the course of fifty years by jewellery enthusiast and retired doctor, Anne Shannon. The lecture will be delivered by respected Jewellery specialist John Benjamin. A regular on Antiques Roadshow, Mr Benjamin is a fellow of the National Association of Goldsmiths’ Institute of Registered Valuers and a historian, author and lecturer. He comments,

“Dr Anne Shannon’s collection of antique jewellery incorporates many totemic pieces by celebrated 19th Century Revivalist goldsmiths such as Wiese, Castellani, Giuliano and Melillo as well as a truly outstanding range of Arts and Crafts designer jewels in which leading firms such as Child and Child, Ramsden & Carr and The Gaskins are all represented. The central component of the auction comprises around 100 lots of jewellery by Georg Jensen including a significant number of brooches, pendants and bracelets fashioned in the very early years of this visionary craftsman’s career.

 Dr Shannon started to buy jewellery in the 1960s, when rare and desirable antique and later jewels were far more easily available than they are today. The passion and zeal necessary to acquire beautiful jewellery has stayed with her ever since. The sheer scale and range of craftsmanship evident in this collection means that Dr Shannon can justifiably be seen as a true latter-day jewellery pioneer.”

Further details on the sale can be found via the auction calendar.  The lecture will start at 7pm and tickets are £15, with all proceeds donated to Salisbury Hospice. For further information and to reserve tickets please contact:

Amanda Lawrence
+44 (0)1722 424509


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