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

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilded silver, gold, enamel and turquoises

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.118-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf C, box 3

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.

This brooch was originally a pendant, attached with many others to a necklace also made by the Guild of Handicraft. Its ship motif was a favourite of Ashbee's, often appearing on Guild of Handicraft work. The ship was also popular amongst other Arts and Crafts designers in Britain, American and Scandinavia.

Physical description

Brooch of gilded silver, gold, enamel and turquoises, converted from a pendant attached to a necklace (M.37-1982)

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1903 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gilded silver, gold, enamel and turquoises

Dimensions

Height: 4.2 cm, Width: 3.3 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Object history note

Converted from a pendant attached to a necklace (M.37.1982)

Descriptive line

Brooch of gilded silver, gold, enamel and tuquoises, designed by C.R. Ashbee and made by the Guild of Handicraft, England, about 1903

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

cat. 80
MacCarthy, Fiona. Anarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960. London: National Portrait Gallery, 2014

Materials

Silver; Gold; Enamel; Turquoise

Techniques

Enamel; Gilding

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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