Design for a pendant, 1901-2, Frances MacDonald McNair

Intricate design with female face and flowersPencil and watercolour
12.0 x 18.2 (4 ¾ x 7 3/16)
Private Collection

Frances Macdonald took up jewellery design in Liverpool and went on to teach the subject there and in Glasgow.

A small group of designs and photographs of executed items survive, but no securely documented pieces are known.

Her work is characterised by its use of pierced metal, silver wire, enamel, and pendant semi-precious stones, often incorporating, as here, female faces.