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Salt cellar
  • Salt cellar
    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942
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Salt cellar

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1900-1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with chrysoprases.

  • Credit Line:

    Formerly in the collection of Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read

  • 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.

Physical description

Salt cellar and spoon ,the salt cellar, a silver rim attached to a domed foot by means of three handles made of wire openwork, each set with a chrosoprase, curve outwards and sideways to join the foot. Hemispherical, green glass liner. The spoon with rounded bowl and shaped terminal to the handle, set with a chrysoprase.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1900-1901 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with chrysoprases.


Height: 3.3 cm, Diameter: 8 cm of salt

Object history note

This salt cellar with its graceful wire handles is a smaller variant of a piece described as a jam dish in C.R. Ashbee's Modern English Silverwork, London, 1909, pl.58.

Descriptive line

Salt cellar and spoon with a glass liner, silver, London hallmarks for 1900-01, mark of the Guild of Handicraft, designed by C.R. Ashbee.


Silver; Stones; Glass


Raising; Stone setting


Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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