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Brooch
  • Brooch
    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942
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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1896 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brooch of enamelled copper, silver, blister pearls and pearl drops

  • Museum number:

    M.43-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf C, box 1

C. R. Ashbee was a man of immense talents and energy and a defining figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1888 he founded the Guild of Handicraft in the East End of London with the intention of reviving traditional craft skills and providing satisfying employment in a deprived area of the city. Trained originally as an architect, he is known also for his highly innovative furniture, metalwork, silver and jewellery designs.

Blister pearls like the ones used in this brooch were often favoured by Arts and Crafts jewellery designers. Not only were they less expensive than uniform pearls, their irregular shape produced interesting combinations of colour and texture.

Physical description

Brooch of enamelled copper, silver, blister pearls and pearl drops

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1896 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Brooch of enamelled copper, silver, blister pearls and pearl drops

Dimensions

Height: 7.3 cm, Width: 7.7 cm, Depth: 3.2 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of enamelled copper, silver, blister pearls and pearl drops, designed by C.R. Ashbee and made by the Guild of Handicraft, London, about 1896

Materials

Enamel; Copper; Silver; Blister pearl; Pearl

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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