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A Silver and chrysophase Porringer and Spoon
A Silver and chrysophase Porringer and Spoon

DESIGNED BY C.R. ASHBEE FOR THE GUILD OF HANDICRAFT, 1902

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A Silver and chrysophase Porringer and Spoon
Designed by C.R. Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft, 1902
The single loop-handled porringer with loop-handled spoon
7.1/8in. (18cm.) maximum length of porringer; 5.7/8in. (14.5cm.) length of spoon
Maker's marks and silver marks for London, 1902 (on spoon and porringer) (2)

Lot Essay

Cf: Alan Crawford, C.R. Ashbee. Architect, Designer & Romantic Socialist, Yale, 1985, p. 334, fig. 167 (Similar example illustrated) See also: Alexander Koch (ed.), L'exposition internationale des arts dcoratifs modernes, Darmstadt, 1902, p. 309 (Similar example exhibited at the International Exhibition of Turin in 1902)

Although Ashbee's work was not directly influenced by oriental art, his attitude and outlook was parallel to that of many working 'under the spell of Japan'. His trips to America brought him into contact with such work by Greene and Greene and spawned plans for a trip of his own to the East.
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