Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
For sale is this set of six Kate Harris (attributed) silver tea or coffee spoons, hallmarked for Goldsmiths and Silversmith as retailer and undoubtedly made by William Hutton and Sons. The terminal of each spoon shows classic Harris stylized leaf design, possibly mistletoe, that appears on a number of Kate Harris pieces, most notably on the terminal of the drop lid handle of her classic cafe au lait sets. The spoon bowls are quite jugendstil in design which I have not seen before but I think must be a Harris design.
The spoons are in excellent condition with the just sponsor marked rubbed on only one spoon.
Kate Harris was employed by the London studio of William Hutton & Sons to produce artistic silver from 1899 to c 1905. Harris was one of the very few women, or British exhibitors, to win recognition at the 1900 Paris International Exhibition.
For more information on Kate Harris, see Professor Stephen Pudney’s articles on her 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” and Vol 39 “Katie Harris: Mystery Woman of English Art Nouveau”.
Maker: William Hutton & Sons / Goldsmiths and Silversmiths
Designer: Kate Harris (attrib)
Marks: GS & Co Ld, London, “f”
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Excellent. Makers mark rubbed on one spoon
Size: 11.5 cm long
Weight: 0.6 oz, 16 grams each