Gold, Ruby, Diamond and Baroque Pearl Winged Horse Brooch by David Webb
David Webb is unafraid of monumental scale. His jewellery requires a powerful personality to carry it off. His designs have an wildness and bold spirit. The Zebra bracelet first appeared in 1963 and was shot by Irving Penn for voided the following year. It is perhaps one of his most iconic designs: gold bands intersect the black and white enamel stripes curving down the animals body. The Zebra’s cabochon ruby eyes are mounted in delicately arched gold brows and a highly stylised pave diamond mane runs between his ears. The iconic beast stands as the firms logo. Webb’s sources of inspiration were eclectic: famously Webb took weekly trips to the Metropolitan Museum of New York. A book by Felix Sutton, entitled ‘The Big Book of Wild Animals’ found in Webbs library hints at the birth of the iconic Zebra collection. But as Eugenia Shepard remarked: One thing you can count on, David Webb’s animals are never cute”.
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