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History

1940s - 1970s
Margaret Richardson did her apprenticeship at the Fachschule Schwäbisch-Gmund in the 1930s after which she worked in Königsberg and then in Palestine. After the Second World War she immigrated to South Africa and established a studio in Cape Town until 1957, when she moved to Johannesburg. There she initially rented studio rooms in the Von Brandis Building in Johannesburg. Finally she settled at 909 Philadelphia Court in Von Wielligh Street. In the early 1970s she relocated to the United Kingdom and died shortly thereafter.

Her preferred mediums were copper, sterling silver and, upon commission, gold. Throughout her career in South Africa she was enamoured with the beauty of South African gemstones. She was a member of the Witwatersrand Gem and Mineral Club and spent much of her time searching at gemmological sites for stones she could use in her designs. (South African Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Research Project)


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Margaret Richardson mark done in sterling
Margaret Richardson mark in Sterling

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~ Preferred medium was copper
~ Also worked in sterling`
~ Worked in gold on commission
~ Used a lot of semi precious stones native to South Africa

 


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