Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
For sale is this rare Kate Harris silver napkin ring for William Hutton & Sons. The central plaque depicting a classic “New sculpture” movement kneeling maiden. In good condition, with some rubbing to the finer features, and a good gauge of silver.
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
Designer: Kate Harris
Marks: WH&Sons , London, “g”
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Very good, some rubbing
Size: 5.25 cm x 3.5 diameter, 4.25 and 2.25 cm band widths
Weight: 1.4 oz, 40 grams