Scottish Silver Jewellery of Iona: McTear's, Glasgow Leads the Way


Posted in: Jewellery
Posted on: 26 February 2015
Scottish Silver Jewellery of Iona: McTear's, Glasgow Leads the Way Alexander Ritchie and his wife Euphemia worked on the island of Iona for over forty years until 1942 producing items in the celtic style, an arts and crafts tradition that they revived on the island. The island’s ancient carved standing stones, grave stones and other artefacts from the 12th to 15th centuries provided a wealth of design inspiration for Ritchie. Through his shop, Iona Celtic Art, Ritchie sold jewellery and objects in silver, enamel, brass, copper, wood, leather and textiles which are now highly desirable to collectors from all over the world.

Ritchie’s legacy was continued by Iain McCormick who, with Hamish Dawson-Bowman produced items under the name Celtic Art Industries. Both Dawson- Bowman and MacCormick studied the ancient art of Iona and in turn much admired the work of Ritchie. The company focussed on the production of jewellery and employed disabled and unemployed ex-servicemen. Later, Iain McCormick continued the business of making jewellery alone and inspired by the familiar celtic designs he developed his own distinctive style of jewellery.

McTear's specialist Jewellery Auctions regularly feature the works of Alexander Rithchie and other prominent Scottish silver jewellers. If you are interested in consigning or would like a free no obligation valuation then contact Sarah Cotter on 0141 810 2880 or sarah@mctears.co.uk


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