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Muffin dish
  • Muffin dish
    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942
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Muffin dish

  • Place of origin:

    Essex House, London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1900-1901 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with semiprecious stones

  • Credit Line:

    Formerly in the collection of Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read

  • Museum number:

    M.42:1 to 3-1972

  • 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

Muffin dish, liner and cover, silver, circular dish with a flange ornamented with beading on the inner edge and set with three chrysoprases. The cover a shaped dome surmounted by a silver wire finial with five brackets supporting a spherical semi-precious stone.

Place of Origin

Essex House, London (probably, made)


1900-1901 (hallmarked)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with semiprecious stones

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1900-01

Mark of Charles Robert Ashbee


Height: 15 cm, Diameter: 22 cm

Object history note

This muffin dish, formerly in the collection of Martin Battersby, was shown at the Art Nouveau exhibition held at the Brighton Art Gallery and Museum in 1964 (catalogue number: 27) and at the exhibition of the same title held at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1965-66 (catalogue no: 246). Plated versions of the muffin dish were also made; one is illustrated in Arts and Crafts in Campden, a catalogue issued by the Guild of Handicraft after its removal to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire in 1902.

Descriptive line

Muffin dish, liner and cover, silver, London hallmarks for 1900-01, mark of C.R. Ashbee.


Silver; Stones


Raising; Stone setting

Subjects depicted



Food vessels & Tableware; Eating


Metalwork Collection

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