Arts and crafts, Modern
Price range: Sold
For sale is this good sized Murrle Bennett silver bowl, in their classic jugendstil meets British arts and crafts modernist, deco style. With geometric rivet design. Very much an “ahead of its time” piece.
The designers of this bowl were undoubtedly one or both of R Win or F Rico. I say this with confidence based on an article in the Studio (volume 36 page 161, 1905) that illustrates jewellery by Murrle Bennett, clearly in the style of this bowl. See images. Win and Rico are given as the designers but it is unclear if the pieces were all a joint effort or if one or other made different pieces individually. Certainly it looks as though there are two distinct design styles at work, so possibly not a joint design effort.
I can find no further information on either Win or Rico, do please be in touch if you have anything further to add. Clearly one or both were designers of real talent who have been lost to history.
Murrle Bennett was an Anglo German firm that made silver for Liberty and under its own name, often after Liberty or Archibald Knox designs.
This is the same bowl as appears in my archive A927
Maker: Murrle Bennett & Co
Designer: R Win/F Rico – see description
Date : 1903
Marks: MB& Co, London import mark, date letter “h”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 18 cm diameter, 3.5 cm tall
Weight : 262 grams, 9.2 oz