Very excited to just find this reference to the first Liberty May 1899 Cymric exhibition. From “The Gentlewomen” 20th May 1899. I have been lucky enough to handle some of Knox’s earliest Cymric silverwork dating from this exhibition. Typically lacking in his notable modernist Celtic style, it nevertheless is highly radical for its time, with hints of his more dramatic work to come. See these links to explore such pieces.
An excellent lecture on the Spittle’s influence on Gustav Stickley given at the 2016 American national arts and crafts conference is now online at this link. To see a rare work in silver by the Stickley’s for sale at the Peartree Collection click on this link.
For those that missed it, on yesterday’s British Antiques Roadshow (Sunday 21 Feb) were two wonderful arts and crafts necklaces. One identified as John Paul Cooper (I think maybe Henry Wilson) and one by HG Murphy (interestingly with very Nossiter like leaves). Click on link to view the full TV clip.
I am delighted to have assisted Liverpool Museums with their acquisition of the Collection’s Lily Day watercolour. More details at this link . Thanks to the Decorative Arts Society for their help in enabling this purchase.
I have a fondness for 1940’s and 1950’s British silver. In many ways the history of silver in this period was a replay of the 1890-1900’s art s and crafts movement. that so attracts me. Small design led workshops battled to succeed and in so doing produced wonderful innovative pieces that inspired later generations. I have just listed a tea and coffee set that epitomises these themes. and is a gloriously heavy well designed well made complete set. More details at this link.
Somewhat belatedly I have realised that the Bromsgrove Guild fish plaques that I acquired and sold last year were copies, or at least inspired by, Hokusai woodblock prints. Who would have thought, Japan influences the Bromsgrove Guild.
An interesting start to the day courtesy of an Instagram post by a leading Pugin expert. Staring at me from my ipad was a beautiful teapot design from Pugin’s Parliamemtary Archives, that was identical to the teapot in the Collection, previously attributed to John Hardman. The discovery of this design also means that a very similar teapot in the V&A’s collection can now be directly attributed to EW Pugin, Augustus Pugin’s son,, not Hardman. More details at this link.
Albert Edward Jones started his own workshop in 1902 and was a key member of the Birmingham arts and crafts revival. Very early on he combined his silver with pieces from the local Ruskin Pottery factory. In combination these pieces represent some of Jones’ most exciting and innovative work. Over the coming weeks I will be listing additional major pieces of Jones /Ruskin silver sourced from a private collection.