Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
For sale is this very good Kate Harris silver box or casket. The casket sits on four ball feet with a classic flower and puritan maid design to the lid. The casket closes tightly with a hinged clasp. The lid also studded with copper rivet highlights. The box is fully hallmarked for Connells of Cheapside and would have been made by William Hutton & Sons, London 1900.
There are several variants of these boxes or caskets by Kate Harris and this is a particularly satisfying scale and proportion, with the rarer flower design to the lid.
In excellent condition. The box can been lined and would make a very nice jewellery or trinket box. It currently has a wooden cedar lining.
Kate Harris was employed by the London studio of William Hutton & Sons to produce artistic silver from 1899 to c 1905. Harris was one of the very few women, or British exhibitors, to win recognition at the 1900 Paris International Exhibition.
For more information on Kate Harris, see Professor Stephen Pudney’s articles on her in the Decorative Arts Society Journal Vol 22 “A marriage of art and commerce: Kate Harris and the arts and crafts silverware of William Hutton & Sons” and Vol 39 “Katie Harris: Mystery Woman of English Art Nouveau”.
Maker: William Hutton & Sons/ Connells of Cheapside
Designer: Kate Harris
Marks: WGC , London, “e”
Material: Sterling silver, copper rivets
Size: 11.5 cm long, 9.0 cm deep, 6.0 cm high
Weight: 27.7 oz, 787 grams