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Salt cellar and liner

  • Place of origin:

    London (Essex House, designed and made)

  • Date:

    1901-1902 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ashbee, Charles Robert (designer)
    Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, embossed and chased

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Her Grace, the Duchess of Leeds

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.353:1-1959

  • 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.

Physical description

Salt cellar with a glass liner, (one of a set of four), three sided, open, embossed and chased and set with three chrysoprases.

Place of Origin

London (Essex House, designed and made)

Date

1901-1902 (designed and made)

Artist/maker

Ashbee, Charles Robert (designer)
Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, embossed and chased

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1901-02

Mark of the Guild of Handicraft

Dimensions

Height: 1 in, Width: 2.9 in

Object history note

Gift of Her Grace, the Duchess of Leeds

Descriptive line

Salt cellar with a glass liner, London hallmarks for 1901-02, mark of the Guild of Handicraft Ltd., designed by C.R. Ashbee

Materials

Silver; Chrysoprase

Techniques

Piercing; Embossing; Chasing; Setting

Categories

Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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