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Pair of coffee spoons

  • Place of origin:

    Essex House, Mile End Road (made)
    London (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1901-1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, hammered and set with a chrysoprase

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Duchess of Leeds

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.362&A-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) 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.

Physical description

Pair of coffee spoons, silver, with pointed handles set with a chrysoprase.

Place of Origin

Essex House, Mile End Road (made)
London (hallmarked)

Date

1901-1902 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver, hammered and set with a chrysoprase

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1901-02

Mark of the Guild of Handicraft

Dimensions

Length: 3.5 in

Object history note

Gift of the Duchess of Leeds

Descriptive line

Silver set with a chrysoprase, London hallmarks for 1901-02, mark of the Guild of Handicraft, designed by C.R. Ashbee.

Materials

Silver; Semi-precious stone

Techniques

Hammering; Stone setting

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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