Arts and crafts
For sale is this unusual ceramic and silver jar or covered cup. It is made by Harry Charles Hall who was an interesting later arts and crafts inter war metalworker and teacher. The piece is fully hallmarked for 1920. The lid is set with a 1914 shilling. The silver lid is loose fitting but I suspect this piece was designed as a tea or tobacco jar.
Hall was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk in 1882. By 1901 he was studying art in Sheffield and was awarded second prize by ‘The Studio’ in a competition to produce a design for a rose bowl in 1900. His address then was 459, Peniston Road, Sheffield. He seems to have trained in Sheffield and then at some point at the Royal College of Art from 1904-9, graduating in sculpture. In 1905, whilst at Sheffield, he is listed in the Studio as a prize winner for “Studies of historic styles of ornament”. From 1909 to 1936, he taught at the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts in Swansea and became Principal at the school from 1943-1946. He registered his mark with the Sheffield assay office on the 14th September 1915. He exhibited extensively at the annual Swansea Art Society Exhibitions. He died in 1972, still residing in Glamorgan, Wales. [I am indebted to Peter Cameron for providing much of this information which I have also now been able to add to].
Maker: Harry C Hall
Designer: Harry C Hall
Marks: HCH, Sheffield, date letter “c”
Material: Sterling silver, ceramic
Condition: Excellent, see description
Size: 17.5 cm height
Weight : 6.0 oz or 171 grams (silver only)