A Charles Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft silver jug

Price: Sold

For sale is this Guild of Handicraft silver jug set with amethyst stone, the body and lid decorated with superb repousse and chased leaf and flower design. An exceptional example of Charles Ashbee’s design and the Guild of Handicraft’s workmanship.

The teapot to this design is illustrated in Ashbee’s “Modern English Silverwork” plate 98 (see images). Ashbee writes in his book

“Tea-pot, with ivory handle: both lid and pot are chased with leaves and flowers: for the knob a chrysoprase or amethyst is set in a silver flower: the pot stands on four ball feet”

A matching kettle to this jug is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (20th century galleries, Room 74, case CA2, box 4 ) and the matching coffee pot is held by the Sea Wolf Collection, see “A Personal Touch”, page 67.

This jug was on loan from the Sea Wolf Collection to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, when it was stolen in 2011 and was recovered in 2017. It has been acquired from Axa Art Insurers who, having settled the orginal claim, held full title and rights to the jug.

Maker: Guild of Handicraft

Designer: Charles Ashbee

Date: 1905

Marks: GofH Ltd, London, k

GMaterial: Sterling silver

Condition: Very good, small tear to hinge

Size: 19 cm height

Weight: 10.9 0z, 308 grams

SKU: A411 Category:


For further reading see

Crawford, Alan. C.R. Ashbee Architect, Designer & Romantic Socialist. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1985. pp.339-40. ill. pl.171. ISBN: 0-300-03467-9.  The kettle to the set is shown on page 339.

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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts