A 19th century paste and enamel belt, by Morse & Martin of Charing Cross, London, circa 1835 (2)
Lot 88
A 19th century paste and enamel belt, by Morse & Martin of Charing Cross, London, circa 1835
(2)
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,200 - 11,000

Lot Details
A 19th century paste and enamel belt, by Morse & Martin of Charing Cross, London, circa 1835 (2)
A 19th century paste and enamel belt, by Morse & Martin of Charing Cross, London, circa 1835
Set throughout with foiled pastes to closed-back pinched collet settings, the series of circular plaques alternating between examples formed as a starburst with a central enamelled moonface and examples formed as clusters, all spaced by vertical similarly-set bars, mounted in silver, length 90cm, signed 'Morse & Martin, Charing Crofs', clasp deficient, damages, to a later Victorian stained boxwood and bird's eye maple jewel casket (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Bequeathed to the present owner by Margaret Harrison (1899 - 1995).

    Margaret was the youngest of the Harrison sisters, a family which has been described as amongst the leading figures on the British musical scene and playing an important role in the development of music in the UK.

    All four sisters were musicians and performed to a high standard at an early age, May with the violin, Beatrice the cello, Monica as a singer and Margaret as a violinist. In addition all were pianists. May, Beatrice and Margaret attended The Royal College of Music, and at the time, Margaret, aged four, was the youngest student the college had ever taken. After a spell in St Petersburg, Margaret made her professional debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1918. During the 1920s she performed as a soloist, appearing at the Promenade Concerts in 1925.

    Throughout their lives, the family socialised with important figures in music, including Delius and Elgar. Several works were dedicated to them, particularly by Delius. Moving in the circles of international performers, composers and conductors including Kreisler, Casals, Melba, Beecham, Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Nedbal, d'Albert, Weingartner, and Nikisch. Their personal friends also included The Princess Victoria, sister of King George V, George Bernard Shaw and Eleanor Roosevelt. They also had a great deal of contact with the London theatrical set including the Forbes Robertsons. Indeed Norman Forbes Robertson sent Margaret many photographs of himself in costume. Their uncle was Charles Charrington, an actor manager who married the Shakespearean actress Janet Achurch, a couple who were also close to George Bernard Shaw.

    In the early part of the century, the sisters lived in Cornwall Gardens, London, but moved to Surrey in 1922 where Beatrice began a series of outside broadcasts and recordings. She played the cello and the nightingales in the garden would respond. Played throughout the British Empire, these broadcasts made the family internationally famous.

    Retiring from public performance in 1958, Margaret continued to play until her sister Beatrice's death in 1965. After a long hiatus, the 1980s saw Margaret start to give master classes at her home to young violinists and cellists and she set up the Harrison Sisters' Trust to conserve her family archive.

    In addition to her musical talents, Margaret was considered to be one of the top breeders of Irish Wolfhounds for around fifty years. In fact for many years she gave one of her dogs to the Irish Guards whenever they needed a new regimental mascot. A judge at Crufts, she maintained her active involvement in this field until she was around ninety. The final years of her life were spent in Scotland where she died in 1995.
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