Pair of English Arts and Crafts silver salts by Nelson Dawson

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Pair of English Arts and Crafts silver salts by Nelson Dawson


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A pair of English Arts and Crafts silver salts by Nelson Dawson



A pair of Arts and Crafts silver salts with gilt interior designed and made by Nelson Dawson. Hallmarked 1905. Approximate length 12cm. Excellent original condition and rare and unusual items.


Nelson Ethelred Dawson (1859–1941) was an English artist and member of the Arts and Crafts movement. Dawson was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire and educated at Stamford School. He moved to London and worked from his home in Chiswick. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.

As a potter, watercolour painter, jeweller, silversmith, metalworker, etcher, print-maker and writer on artistic subjects, his reputation has probably suffered because he spread his talents too thinly. Nevertheless, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Maritime Museum at Greenwich hold collections of his work and papers. He married Edith Robinson in 1893 and together with his wife, he was one of the key figures in the jewellery of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Edith learned enameling from her husband who had been taught by Alexander Fisher, a master enameller who in turn had learned his craft in France. Together, they revived the Renaissance practice of enameling in their jewellery.

In 1901, Dawson founded The Artificers’ Guild from his workshop in Chiswick but it was acquired by Montague Fordham (one time director of the Birmingham Guild and School of Handicrafts) in 1903. His work is included in many important collections including the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery

Date Hallmarked London 1905 maker Nelson Dawson

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate length 12cm

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