Silver

A Liberty & Co Cymric silver bowl by Oliver Baker

Price range: £1,000-5,000

For sale is this really authentic arts and crafts Liberty Cymric four handled cup or bowl by Oliver Baker. A really striking piece, the bowl is studded with unusual stones that I believe are agates.  It is really wonderful in the hand.

This drinking vessel is model 552  in the Liberty sketch book (page 30).  I believe the inspiration for this bowl was an ancient vessel that can be found sketched in Baker’s sketch book (held in the Baker family archive, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Library, Stratford), as shown in “other images”.  Baker was an antiquarian, as well as artist and, briefly, a designer, and it is quite possible this piece was inspired by a bowl he was selling.

Condition is excellent. The bowl is fully hallmarked for 1901.  As with most of Baker’s design for Liberty it is a very good gauge of silver.  Please see my article on Baker at this link if you wish to read more about him and his work.

Maker: Liberty & Co

Designer: Oliver Baker

Date : 1901

Marks: L&Co, Birmingham, “b”

Material: Sterling silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: Height 13 cm, max diameter across handles, 8 cm high

Weight :  289 grams, 10.2 oz total

SKU: A608 Category:

Additional information

Period

Art nouveau, Arts and crafts