While pursuing a successful career as a GP, Anne was also an avid collector and enthusiast of antique jewellery. Despite her extraordinarily busy lifestyle as mother and grandmother she managed to amass an impressive collection of 300-plus pieces of jewellery, over 50 years.
Sometimes, having completed a day’s surgery, she would attend fairs, retailers and antiques markets.
Georg Jensen was a early passion but her tastes widened after she became involved in the cataloguing of Omar Ramsden and Ramsden & Carr drawings at The Goldsmith’s Hall.
Her passion for collecting finally culminated in a single-owner sale at Woolley & Wallis in October 2018 (ATG No 2367). The esoteric collection titled An Academic Eye contained more than 100 items of Jensen, from the early obscure to the more current commercial pieces, the largest collection of Ramsden & Carr jewellery known, a set of Child & Child enamel butterflies plus modern pieces by Elizabeth Gage.
Fittingly the highest price achieved at this white-glove sale was for a gold bracelet by Omar Ramsden depicting the word Anne.
John Shannon wrote to me last month to say: “I am profoundly thankful that we were able to brighten her final year with her involvement in the very successful launch of her jewellery collection and the recognition it brought to her achievement, with its permanent legacy so impressively preserved in the auction catalogue.”
Marielle Whiting, Woolley & Wallis specialist