Tray

1922 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Circular iron tray, painted in red, green, black and gold, with decorative motifs and dancing figures.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
painted iron
Brief Description
Tray, Birmingham Guild of Handicraft Ltd., 1922
Physical Description
Circular iron tray, painted in red, green, black and gold, with decorative motifs and dancing figures.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 31.5cm
  • Depth: 2.5cm
Object history
The work of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft had a puritanical austerity which made it amongst the most radical in the Arts and Crafts Movement as a whole. In 1906, however, the Guild merged with the firm of Gittins Craftsmen Ltd. and began increasingly to concentrate on producing a large range of cast, wrought and enamelled architectural ironwork and decorative metal accessories. By the 1920s, it was no longer an Arts and Crafts workshop in the original sense. This tray reflects the old West Midlands tradition of making painted or 'japanned' iron goods, but extends the traditional repertoire by being painted with figures and decorative motifs very similar to those produced by the Omega Workshops.



[Eric Turner, 'British Design at Home', p.106]
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
M.93-1934

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record createdMarch 9, 2000
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