I am delighted to advise that the new Silver Society website is now launched with many new features for members and non members. Top of this list would be the archive of the Silver Society Journal that is now digitized and searchable for all to use. See this link to explore the new website.
The family of Henry Littledale (see A1024) have been in touch with some more information about him. It is clear that in addition to silver and jewellery he was also firing very fine cloisonne enamel plaques using his patented granulation technique. Also included is this charming letter from Queen Mary that was written by her lady in waiting, giving thanks for a silver and enamel frame Littledale made for the Queen’s doll’s house. If you have further information on Littledale I, and the family, would love to hear about it.
Over the the years I have had so many questions about fake Liberty frames I thought I would blog on the subject. As best I can tell Cymric Liberty silver frames “copying” a superb Knox mirror in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art were made in the US in the 1990’s in quite large numbers. These have very good, but fake, hallmarks and can easily deceive on that basis. Better to look at the relatively poor enamelling and quality of the silver work which are more obviously “wrong”. Quite helpfully an example is currently up at auction which includes the stamp “REPRO”, no doubt for “Reproduction”, honestly outing itself for what it is – though reproducing assays marks, or selling items with fake marks, in the UK is a serious criminal offence. See images.
The recent discovery of an important John Paul Cooper bowl is covered in this week’s Trade Gazette. Please see extract. The bowl or goblet will be listed for sale in due course. See this link to read about the candlesticks mentioned and to see a photo of the bowl at the 1903 Arts and Crafts Society Exhibition.
A very good article on the forthcoming Art and Antiques For Everyone Fair at the NEC was published in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette and is attached…….featuring The Peartree Collection…………..
A photograph of what must be the exact Gilbert Marks’ vase or cup in the Collection (see link) was published in Fred Millers book “The training of a craftsman”, published in 1901, page 43, Fig 27. .
Please click on this link
Reviewing the fabulous archive of the Artificers Guild held at The Goldsmiths’ Company Library, I found this wonderful watercolour for a pendant. Unmistakably a Phoebe Anna Traquair enamel and design, made by the Artificers Guild. A collaboration I believe previously unrecorded. Image courtesy of The Goldsmiths’ Company Lbrary. The original pendant “Out of the deep” can be seen at National Museums Scotland. See link
I would be delighted for you to join my Zoom talk on 21st July at 7pm. This has been organised by David Parr House, a relatively new and exciting Museum in Cambridge that is currently showcasing an exhibition on The Newton School of Metalwork, put together by David Marshall of Hammer and Hand. Information on David Parr House can be found at this link and tickets for my talk booked at this link.