Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
£1,000 – 5,000
For sale are these really unusual set of sterling silver vases by Hugh Wallis. The set comprises four vases, two pairs of different size, each with wirework surround to the base and three surrounding stylized repousse flower to the body.
The vases are a very good gauge of silver and all hallmarked for Chester 1926. A remarkable survivor as a set, they are highly decorative. In excellent condition though slightly crudely made as is typical of Wallis’ work.
Hugh Wallis was born in Kettering in 1871 and trained in art at Bushey, Herts. He started out as an artist but then took up metalwork. In 1900 he opened a studio in Altrincham and registered his first mark at the Chester Assay Office in 1905. In 1918 he still described himself as an artist (he had exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy) but he also employed five or six employees to make items in copper, pewter or brass with metal inlays and some pieces in silver. Hugh became a leading figure in the Northern Art Workers Guild and died in 1943.
Maker: Hugh Wallis
Designer: Hugh Wallis
Marks: HW, Chester, “A”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: Large vase: 13 cm tall, 6 cm base diameter, Small: 9.0 cm high, 3.7 cm base diameter
Weight: Large vase: 196 grams, 6.9 oz, Small: 59 grams 2.1 oz each