For sale is this rare two handled bowl attributed to Christine Connell. The bowl with repousse flower design to the interior base and to the handles where they join the bowl.
The bowl is hallmarked for William George Connell, London 1901. Connells were one of the earliest innovators in arts and crafts silver, being the only other exhibitor of such silver alongside Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society of 1893. Christine Connell was the daughter of George Connell, sister of Lawrence. She was a teacher at Finsbury School of Art and an early innovator in arts and crafts silver.
The dish is a very good gauge of silver and in very good condition. The hand hammering and planishing is particularly good. A very authentic piece of arts and craft silver.
Maker: Connells of Cheapside
Designer: Christine Connell (attrib)
Marks: WGC, London, “f”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 14 cm across, 8.5 cm high (all max)
Weight: 9.3 oz, 265 grams
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A Connells of Cheapside silver two handled bowl
Connells of Cheapside were one of the earliest innovators in arts and crafts silver. Alongside Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft they were one of only two exhibitors of silver holloware at the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. By 1900 they were retailing goods by Kate Harris and slightly later, A E Jones. For more information see an article on Connells “Pioneers of Modern Artistic Silverware” by Dr Stephen Pudney in the Silver Society Journal page 223, Vol 11, 1999.