A Guild of Handicraft silver and enamel inkwell

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For sale is this unusual and very good Guild of Handicraft silver inkwell with an enamel plaque set into the lid.   The enamel depicts a classic Guild motif of a galleon, highlighted in highly foiled enamels using the cloisonne technique (enamels are set within wire work surrounds). The box has classic Guild ball feet and four curved sides.

The inkwell is in excellent condition.  The underneath of the enamel plaque (the so called counter enamel) shows some firing cracks of no consequence.  The green glass liner is possibly original.

Fully hallmarked for London 1904.

Maker:  Guild of Handicraft
Designer: Charles Ashbee
Date : 1904
Marks: GofH Ltd, London, date letter “i”
Material: Sterling silver, enamel
Condition: Excellent.
Size:  7.25 cm square base, 6.25 cm high
Weight: 176 grams, 6.2 oz (incl enamel plaque, excl liner)

SKU: A1423-1 Category:


See Alan Crawford, “C.R. Ashbee, Yale University Press

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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts