Peter Wylie Davidson
(1870 – 1963)

Peter Wylie Davidson was born in Stirlingshire. He undertook a seven year silversmithing apprenticeship while attending evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1897 he was appointed as Instructor in metalwork there where he remained in various teaching roles until his retirement in 1935. He also ran his own studio and worked on projects with De Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar. He wrote two books on metalwork and silversmithing and another on leatherwork. He exhibited regularly, locally and overseas. He continued working all his life, even exhibiting at the age of 90. His work is quite rare. His technical expertise allowed him to work in a number of styles. weeping swallows in flight and Celtic motifs feature regularly in his work. Glasgow Museums hold 19 examples of his work, including the Time and Tideclock within the Glasgow Style Gallery. 

Peter Wylie Davidson
Peter Wylie Davidson

Painting by Ancell Stronach, 1934. National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Brass Card Tray
Brass Card Tray

Brass card tray with repeat swallow motif, attributed to Peter Wylie Davidson. Image courtesy of The Studio Retail, Glasgow.

Time and Tide
Time and Tide

Brass wall clock, with swallow motifs

Longcase Clock
Longcase Clock

Swallows longcase clock, with circular brass dial, the repoussé decoration composed of stylised Roman numerals enclosed by a frieze of stylised swallows, the hands decorated with concave discs, above a pendulum, worked in brass wire and repoussé panel and depicting a swallow flying through clouds, the whole supported on an ebonised stand pierced with circular apertures enclosing turquoise bead spacers. Image courtesy of Lyon and Turnbull, Fine Art Auctioneers.

Detail - Swallow Longcase Clock
Detail - Swallow Longcase Clock

Swallows longcase clock, with circular brass dial, the repoussé decoration composed of stylised Roman numerals enclosed by a frieze of stylised swallows, the hands decorated with concave discs, above a pendulum, worked in brass wire and repoussé panel and depicting a swallow flying through clouds, the whole supported on an ebonised stand pierced with circular apertures enclosing turquoise bead spacers. Image courtesy of Lyon and Turnbull, Fine Art Auctioneers.

Longcase Clock, circa 1902
Longcase Clock, circa 1902

Swallows longcase clock, with circular brass dial, the repoussé decoration composed of stylised Roman numerals enclosed by a frieze of stylised swallows, the hands decorated with concave discs, above a pendulum, worked in brass wire and repoussé panel and depicting a swallow flying through clouds, the whole supported on an ebonised stand pierced with circular apertures enclosing turquoise bead spacers. Image courtesy of Lyon and Turnbull, Fine Art Auctioneers.