Iona Celtic Art
The Work of Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie
E. Mairi MacArthur

In the summer of 1899, on a celebrated Scottish Hebridean  island, a new shop set out its wares: IONA CELTIC ART.

Over the next forty seasons, Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie designed and sold a hugh range of finely wrought silver jewellery, plus decorative items in brass, copper, enamel, wood, leather and linen. Much of their inspiration was drawn from the rich patterns of interlace, foliage and knotwork on Iona's carved stones and crosses. Alexander was also official guide to the historic monuments.

The couple had trained at the Glasgow School of Art during the decade of the Glasgow Style and the Celtic Revival. Their own style thus evolved and thrived during the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

More than sixty years after the shop closed, the Ritchies' craftwork is still widely admired. Theirs was a pioneering artistic venture, renowned in its day, which has influenced succeeding generations of silversmiths. This book tells its story.

Around 200 individual items are illustrated, some from hitherto unpublished archive  photographs. Also included are drawings of Iona Celtic Art designs by Iain MacCormick who, as a boy on Iona, first learned the skills of the metalworker from Alexander Ritchie.

E. Mairi MacArthur is the author of IONA, The Living Memory of a Crofting Comunity (Edinburgh, new edition 2002); Columba's Island, Iona Past to Present (Edinburgh 1995); Iona Island Guide (1997 & 2001) and Iona Souvenir Guide (1999), both from Colin Baxter Photography Ltd.


Reproduction Iona Celtic Art Jewellery from Walker Metalsmiths

Celtic Revival Crosses, Essay



First published by The New Iona Press 2003
80 pp - 260 x 190 mm
85 colour + 75 b&w photos
ISBN 0 9538938 04

Price UK 12.95 Sterling
 US$ 21.95

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Strathpeffer, Ross-shire Scotland IV14 9DS

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