Art deco, Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
Price range: Sold
I am delighted to have helped this fabulous Harold Stabler cloisonne enamel plaque find a new home. This is one of a small number Stabler’s cloisonne enamels in an early deco style that he produced around 1914-16. This specific plaque was published in an article on Stabler’s work in the Studio Journal Volume 64, March 1915. It was not until I handled the plaque that I fully appreciated its jewel like quality and complex design.
I will stick my neck out and say that Harold Stabler (1872-1945) is one of the most important British designers of the 20th century. He influenced the later arts and crafts movement through his early directorship of the Keswick School of Industrial Art (1898-1900), and was a renowned teacher as Head of Art at the Sir John Cass Institute (1907-1937) and also taught at the Royal College of Art. Between the wars he embraced modernism and deco design, as can be seen in this plaque. He designed in glass and continued in metalwork, producing rare English deco silver in his own name and for Adie Brothers and other manufacturers. He was credited with influencing Frank Pick of London Transport and personally produced some of the now iconic Underground posters and wall tilings. In ceramics he assisted his wife with the founding of the Carter, Stabler and Adams pottery company, synonymous with Poole Pottery, producing unmistakable deco designs.
Maker: Harold Stabler
Designer: Harold Stabler
Marks: HS monogramme
Material: Silver, enamel
Size: With frame: Width 13.0 cm, height 10.5 cm