It is thought that Kenneth Annat was born in Morningside, Edinburgh in 1923.
Much of his early life is not documented. During the Second World War, he joined the RAF, becoming the navigator on bombing missions over Germany. It seems that his wartime experiences may have resulted in Annat suffering from post-traumatic stress.
After the war, he was involved as a patient in studies by Glasgow University Psychology Department, into the workings of the troubled mind.
For the latter part of his life, Kenneth Annat lived quietly in Bemersyde in the Scottish Borders. He was a self-taught artist and when he was demobilized from the Forces after the Second World War, he became absorbed in drawing and painting., as well as ceramics.
His early pottery and ceramics were always small pieces. They seldom measure more than a few centimeters. Later, he expanded into larger items such as the bowls.
He died in 1999, and his work is now being re-assessed. He is ranked amongst the best of Scotland's outsider artists.
This charming brooch is a rare survivor by Annat - it is impressed with the word Bemersyde on the reverse, as photographed. The design features a horse or foal resting on the ground with its legs tucked below. The creature is decorated all over with Celtic geometric patterns.
The brooch comes with a fine silver chain which measures 17 inches in total length. It would not go straight over your head - but you need to fasten it with the ring fastening at the back.
Height: just over 1 3/4 inches, and it is the same width. It is in good condition with no chips or cracks.
Good condition with no chips or cracks; a little natural craquelure to the glaze.
A lovely understated piece of fine Scottish studio pottery by this interesting Scottish artist. You do not find works by him so often.
The postage for this brooch will be charged at checkout. This will be £4.95 with Royal Mail Recorded. If I can post it cheaper - then I will be happy to refund any postage overpayments to you.