Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
For sale is this lovely Kate Harris silver two handled (sugar) bowl. The bowl is decorated with Harris’ classic flower pattern with registered 1899 trade mark of 322249. The bowl handles’ tops are designed as chased leaves. The bowl is fully hallmarked for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, London 1901, who would have retailed this bowl made by William Hutton & Sons. Goldsmiths and Silversmiths were in fact the exhibitors of all Kate Harris’ work for Huttons at the 1900 Paris Exposition. An identical bowl, but with Kate Harris “ivy pattern”, was published in the Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art 1906 page 238 (wrongly attributed to Connells of Cheapside who would have retailed it).
Please note the bowl is in good condition only. There is some rubbing to the marks, though still legible. Additionally there is a small, old, repair to one handle. See images. The bowl has been priced accordingly – it is too lovely an object not to continue to enjoy in antique condition.
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/ Goldsmiths and Silversmiths
Designer: Kate Harris
Marks: G&S Ltd , London, “f”
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Good – see description.
Size: 14.75 cm max width, 6.0 cm high
Weight: 5.6 oz, 160 grams