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Covered soup tureen and ladle
  • Covered soup tureen and ladle
    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942
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Covered soup tureen and ladle

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1890-1893 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
    Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Robert Ashbee established the Guild of Handicraft in 1888. Influenced by Ruskin and Morris, he intended the Guild to be a co-operative venture which would encourage the full creative potential of the craftsman. At the turn of the century, the Guild was at the height of its success and had evolved a distinctive and mature style. Softly planished surfaces decorated with chasing and embossing were characteristic of Ashbee's designs and had a significant effect on contemporary silver in Europe and America as well as Britain. Financially however, the Guild was less successful and in 1908, Ashbee was forced to wind up its affairs.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1890-1893 (made)


Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

Marks and inscriptions

No marks


Height: 38.8 cm, Diameter: 26.6 cm maximum

Object history note

Designed by C.R. Ashbee and made by the Guild of Handicraft Ltd. for his mother, Janet Ashbee between 1890 and 1893.

Descriptive line

Electroplated nickel silver and copper, the ladle handle of silver (unmarked), ivory and jadeite, London, ca. 1890-93, designed by C.R. Ashbee and made by the Guild of Handicraft Ltd.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ashbee, C.R Modern English Silverwork: An essay by C.R. Ashbee, together with a series of designs by the author drawn upon a hundred separate lithograph plates and coloured by hand with a descriptive index, a new edition with introductory essays by Alan Crawford and Shirley Bury, London: Ben Weinreb, 1974. pl.55 ill. (Originally published by the Essex House Press, London, 1909).
Jervis, Simon, Victorian and Edwardian decorative art: the Handley-Read collection, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1972


Nickel silver; Copper; Silver; Semi-precious stone


Raising; Casting; Electroplating


Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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