A John Sidney Reeve silver covered bowl

Price: £1,450

For sale is this really good John Sidney Reeve silver covered bowl or box with stone set finial and three bun feet.  The finial is particularly attractive with five “swiss lapis” stones set amongst delicate applied silver wirework.   The body of the bowl has a nicely hand hammered and planished. finish.

John Sidney Reeve was born in 1875 in Bewdley near Kidderminster. His father was the local grocer and postmaster.  Reeve studied locally and became an art teacher at Bewdley School. In around 1902 he joined the Guild of Handicraft in nearby Chipping Campden where he was a silversmith, specialising in chasing.  By 1907 he is listed as being employed by Leicester School of Art, which under Harry Peach and Benjamin Fletcher had a strong arts and crafts ethos, complemented after 1910 with the emergence of Dryad Metalworks under William Pick, which had close ties to the art school. Reeve headed Leicester’s metalwork department until around 1934.

After 1934 it seems he semi-retired to Westington, on the outskirts of Chipping Campden.  He is thought to have continued to do some work in his retirement with the Hart’s at the Guild of Handicraft and seems to have also taught (perhaps helped out) for a period at the Campden School of Arts and Crafts.   He died in 1943 in Chipping Campden.  His hallmarked work, which may include some output by his students, is typically similar in style to the Guild’s work as well as Bernard Cuzner’s,  and the Birmingham School more generally.

In 1930 Reeve published “Wrought pewter work” by the Dryad Press which was an introduction to the silversmith’s art.

Condition of the bowl is excellent.

Maker: John Sydney Reeve

Designer: John Sydney Reeve

Date: 1932

Marks: JSR, Birmingham, H

Material: Sterling silver, swiss lapis

Condition: Excellent

Size: Max diameter 11 cm, 9.5 cm high (approx)

Weight:  257 grams,  9.1oz

SKU: A1456-1 Category:

Additional information

Price range

£1,000 – 5,000


Art nouveau, Arts and crafts