Silver

A large George Hunt silver and moonstone spoon

Price: £745

A rare and beautiful silver arts and crafts spoon by the renowned silversmith and jeweller George Hunt. The spoon is of a very elegant design, set with a large moonstone and is marked for Birmingham 1928.

The spoon has direct provenance to the Hunt family who owned the spoon until c.2010. This spoon was exhibited at the George Hunt Exhibition “The silent world of an arts and crafts jeweller” (Hunt was deaf) held by Bonhams in 2006.  It also appears in Simon Moore’s book “Artist Spoons” page 285.

Condition is very good – the moonstone has visible inclusions.  The bowl and stem are both marked with Hunt’s distinctive GH mark.  The spoon is a very good gauge.

Maker:  George Hunt

Designer:  George Hunt

Date: 1928

Marks: GH, Birmingham, “D”

Material: Sterling silver, moonstone

Condition: Very good, moonstone has inclusion

Size: 21.0 cm long

Weight: 48 grams , 1.7 oz

SKU: A666 Category:

Description

George Edward Hunt (1892-1960) was a notable Birmingham Arts and Crafts jeweller. He was born on 2 September 1892 in Dudley, near Birmingham. At the age of five he contracted diphtheria and became deaf.The family left the Black Country and moved to Harborne, a suburb of Birmingham, where Hunt remained until his death in 1960.

In 1908, at the age of sixteen, Hunt won free admission to the Margaret Street Art School in Birmingham, where he was taught by Bernard Cuzner. He was awarded several prizes for both design and metalwork in national competitions.

Hunt opened a shop at Five Ways, near Birmingham city centre. By the 1920s his clientele included aristocracy such as Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, for whom he made a series of enamelled miniatures of her ancestors.

He is buried at St Peter’s Church, Harborne, alongside his parents.

An exhibition of his work, The Silent World of an Arts and Crafts Jeweller was held by Bonhams in 2006, at their premises in London, Bath and Knowle, near Birmingham.

Additional information

Period

Art nouveau, Arts and crafts