A post war 1977 silver covered cup with enamel inset

Price: £875

For sale is this rare 1977 modernist silver cover bowl. The lid is set with stylised cloisonné enamel depicting what I think are trees and a cloud.

The silver carries the rare mark of Arabella Stuart, a little known silversmith who registered her mark in 1974.  This piece is  competently produced with particularly nice hand raised cup. The overall effect is charming – a modern take on a c 1900 Ashbee piece.

Condition is excellent, with just very small nibbles to the edge of the enamel. A very good gauge.

Maker:  Arabella Stuart

Designer:  Arabella Stuart

Date: 1977

Marks: AS, London, “c”

Material: Sterling silver, enamel

Condition: Very good

Size: 9.5 cm tall, 8.75 max diameter

Weight: 237 grams , 8.4 oz

SKU: A655 Category:


Some further information on Stuart.

Born 1934.  Worked 1973-76 part-time at Sir John Cass; also with Michael Murray. She exhibited at the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Loot exhibition in 1976, and again in 1977. Her catalogue entry for the 1976 Loot exhibition includes details of three items for sale and is as follows:

                Silver/green enamel cigarette box  £49.78

                Silver/purple enamel pill box           £36.72

                Silver jam spoon                                    £15.12

Her catalogue entry for the 1977 Loot exhibition includes details of four items for sale and is as follows:

Arabella Stuart,  34 Holland Villas Road, London W14, [tel no] 603 9604

                Silver and silver-gilt goblet                          £75

                Sugar bowl and lid, silver and enamel      £85

                Egg cup and spoon, silver and silver gilt   £40

                Egg box                                                                £38

I suspect the £85 sugar bowl is this one for sale.  I also believe this may be the same Arabella Boxer (ne Stuart) the renowned food critic and writer.


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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts