I have loaded onto the website in the “Research” section a rare 2013 catalogue of the Court Barn Museum Exhibition on the Gaskins. It can be found at this link
A number of new, smaller, pieces have been added to the website by such designers or silversmiths as Charles Ashbee, Latino Movio, Bernard Cuzner, Omar Ramsden and A E Bonner.
The Peartree Collection is featured in this week’s (September 21st) Antiques Trade Gazette. The sale at the LAPADA Fair of The Collection’s Gilbert Marks’ plates is highlighted. See article extract below.
The attached article has just been published in Manx Life. The Peartree Collection was delighted to provide the images. Lots of good Knox, mainly form the archive.
Delighted to have helped recreate this still life by Maxwell Armfield featuring a Powell sea green roman decanter. The original watercolour available at Sarah Colegrave Fine Art.
It may be the holiday season but I have been lucky enough to get hold of a wonderful and diverse collection of pieces acquired in the 1970’s. These will be listed over the coming week or so.
A lucky, if educated guess, and the help of the Birmingham Assay Office, has led to the rediscovery of Effie and Eleanor Ward, working together as jewellers/silversmiths. Their mystery E&EW mark was registered at the Birmingham Assay Office on 7th March 1902, exactly the same day as Bernard Cuzner and Alfred H Jones registered their mark – I assume they all went to the assay office as a group of friends. Effie is best known for her enamels and as assistant to Arthur and Georgie Gaskin. The mark is on a lovely, classic set of arts and crafts spoons. See more details at this link.
When is a tea caddy a biscuit box? When it says so on the original water colour design drawing! Originally catalogued by me as a tea caddy this Artificers Guild silver and copper “caddy”, is infact a biscuit box. The original watercolour for this box can be found in the Artificers Guild Archive held at Goldsmiths Hall, Box G, item 2474. It is initialled ES for Edward Spencer and in what is probably his handwriting says “of a size to hold a pound of biscuits”. It is also inscribed “copper bronzed” in keeping with the patina still found on this piece. The watercolour is shown in the images at this link.