A Kate Harris art nouveau silver cup for Connells of Cheapside

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For sale is this William Hutton & Sons silver cup for Connells of Cheapside attributed to Kate Harris.   The cup is hallmarked for Connell’s London, 1905.  Connells were a highly regarded “artistic jewellers and silversmiths” who retailed many of Kate Harris’ designs made when she worked at Hutton’s London studio.   This design is classic Harris though I have never seen this particular (poppy) flower design before.  The handle design appears on many of her works.  The design is subtle, modern and lovely!

Condition is very good with no dents or repairs.  The marks are slightly rubbed, most particularly the makers mark and date letter, but are still legible.  There is probably a slight loss of fine chased detail to the high points of the flowers.  A very good gauge of silver – better than typically found on Hutton’s work.  The interior retains its original gilding.

Maker:  William Hutton & Sons / Connells

Designer:  Kate Harris (attrib)

Date: 1905

Marks: LGC, London, “k”

Material: Sterling silver

Condition: Very good – see description

Size:  9.5 cm high, diameter 10.5 cm (incl handle)

Weight:  6.5 oz, 185 grams

SKU: A861 Category:


Kate Harris was employed the London studio of William Hutton & Sons to produce artistic silver from 1899 to c 1905.  Her work is often hallmarked for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths who were retailers as well as manufacturers.  See Dr Stephen Pudney’s articles on Kate Harris 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 2015 Volume 39 “The mystery woman of English art nouveau”.

Connells of Cheapside were one of the earliest innovators in arts and crafts silver. Alongside Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft they were one of only two exhibitors of silver holloware at the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. By 1900 they were retailing goods by Kate Harris and, slightly later, A E Jones. For more information see an article on Connells “Pioneers of Modern Artistic Silverware” by Dr Stephen Pudney in the Silver Society Journal page 223, Vol 11, 1999.

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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts