A John Pearson copper charger for the Guild of Handicraft

Price range: Sold

For sale is this very good, large, John  Pearson charger, signed and dated 1891 when Pearson was working at The Guild of Handicraft, Essex House. The quality of the workmanship demonstrates Pearson at his very best.  The galleon, sitting on a wavy sea in front of a rising sun, is picked out in the copper beautifully.  The classic surrounding fish motif is very deep and well done.  The central image is clearly inspired by a large modelled roundel which hung on the staircase at Essex House entitled “The Craft of the Guild” and is reproduced from an 1889 Guild pamphlet on page 225 of Alan Crawford’s book on Ashbee, See final image.

The charger is one of the larger versions Pearson did at 52 cm diameter.  It is marked 439, usually presumed to be the model number. The condition of the repousse is exceptionally crisp though the original patina has been lost.  A small hanging hole has been drilled to the rim.

Maker:  Guild of Handicraft/Pearson
Designer: John Pearson
Date : 1891
Marks: J Pearson, 1891, 439
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Very good-Crisp, loss of patina, small drill hole
Size: 52 cm diameter
Weight : Heavy!

SKU: A460 Category:


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

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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts