A Charles Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft silver mustard

I am delighted to have a second mustard to this design by Charles Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft.  This is a classic Ashbee design, the mustard set with bright green chrysoprase.  A really iconic piece, a variant appears in Ashbee’s book Modern English Silver, plate 34 (lower right).  It also appears in the archive of Guild of Handicraft photos held in albums at the National Art Library and reproduced in the journal The Builder 1901.  The mustard is in excellent condition with replacement glass liner and a modern, 1969,  Guild of Handicraft spoon.

Price: £5,000-10,000

Maker: Guild of Handicraft Limited

Designer: Charles Ashbee

Date: 1903

Marks: GofH Ltd, London, “h”

Material: Sterling Silver, Chrysoprase

Condition: Excellent

Size: 7 .25cm high, 7 cm diameter across handle

Weight: 3.1 oz, 87g (silver only)


SKU: A514 Category:


An identical mustard was on loan to the “Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden” Exhibition at Court Barn Museum 7th April to 9th July.  See items code A167 in the archive.

This major exhibition celebrating a decade of Court Barn was curated by experts Alan Crawford and Mary Greensted and is the first to showcase C R Ashbee’s Campden period and included the full range of Ashbee’s work during that time, as a designer of furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books.


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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts