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Paul Annear (1947–2016)

Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

We are saddened today to learn of the recent death of New Zealand jeweller Paul Annear.

Paul Annear, Day and Night bangle, c.1990. Blue acrylic and black jade. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear, Day and Night bangle, c.1990. Blue acrylic and black jade. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear, Bracelet, 1987. Nephrite. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear, Bracelet, 1987. Nephrite. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear, Pendant, c.1987. Nephrite.

Paul Annear, Pendant, c.1987. Nephrite.

Paul Annear, Summer Days, c.1992. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear, Summer Days, c.1992. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear Magic Wand, c.1995. Wood, gold and silver. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

Paul Annear Magic Wand, c.1995. Wood, gold and silver. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum.

We are sad today to learn of the recent death of jeweller Paul Annear (17 October 1947 – 24 April 2016).

Born in Wellington, Annear was a member of the influential Fingers group of contemporary jewellers and his work was included in the groundbreaking Bone Stone Shell exhibition.

Annear retired to Cambodia, and died in Phnom Penh.

Drawer #1 in our jewellery collection opens with Annear's work, and holds a stunning Day and Night bangle, a Summer Day necklace and an exquisitely fine pounamu pendant. Further treasures are stored in other drawers.

In about 1995, our former diretcor James Mack commissioned a unique work from Annear—Magic Wand:

"My magic wand was ritually cut and fashioned by Paul Annear in silver and gold. The wood was cut with one blow from an almond tree just about to blossom one hour before dawn. It is a potent work of art and mystery". — James Mack

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