Arts and crafts
Price range: £2,250
For sale is this is high quality Artificers Guild box designed by Edward Spencer. The copper body and lid are highlighted with classic silver Artificers Guild wire work and a bull/taurus finial. The vertical repousse lines to the copper are beautifully worked. Whilst the piece is unmarked we know everything about it as it appeared in the Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art 1912, page 109 (see images). It is described as being designed by Edward Spencer and executed by (one or both of) C. Moxey and J.Green of the Artificers Guild. This “Sweet box” was previously with the Van den Bosch Gallery.
The dish is an authentic hand made arts and crafts piece. In excellent condition with good patina.
The Artificers Guild was originally established by Nelson Dawson along similar lines to Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicrafts but quickly changed ownership and from 1902 it’s chief designer became Edward Spencer who took over the firm as a limited company in 1909.
Maker: Artificers Guild
Designer: Edward Spencer
Date : c 1912
Marks: Not marked
Material: Sterling silver, copper
Size: 13.5 cm max diameter, 9.0 cm high
Weight : 362 grams, 12.8 oz (not silver weight)