A very large silver vase, the design attributed to Kate Harris. Hallmarked for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Limited, dated London 1900. This is possibly a unique piece representing the exceptional art nouveau style of Kate Harris. Goldsmiths and Silversmiths exhibited Kate Harris’ work at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, where her work received special commendation. A good gauge of silver. A large cup or centrepiece by Kate Harris with the same hallmarks is on dislpay in the Victorian & Albert Museum ref M.22&A-1966.
Maker: William Hutton & Sons for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths
Designer: Kate Harris (attrib)
Date : 1900
Marks: G&S Co Ltd, London, date letter “e”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 45cm high (to top of handles), 28cm diameter (across handles)
Weight : 1497 grams, 52.8 oz
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A monumental Kate Harris silver vase
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 article 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”.