Art Nouveau silver 3 handled tazza by Robert Mosley of Sheffield


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Art Nouveau silver 3 handled tazza by Robert Mosley of  Sheffield

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Art Nouveau silver 3 handled tazza by Robert Mosley Sheffield 1911. This beautiful tazza stands on 3 shaped, footed supports and the three handles are in the form of  finely chased 7 leafed stems. The rim of the tazza is decorated with spaced 3 pointed leaves and the bowl gently dips to an inverted centre. Excellent original condition and a very decorative piece.


R. F. Mosley was a Sheffield based cutlery maker who were the first company to manufacture cutlery in what was to become known as ‘stainless steel’. Robert Mosley was the son of an affluent jeweller in Hatton Garden in London who moved to Sheffield as a teenager in 1856. He worked in the house of George Oates who was a leading scissors manufacturer at the time. When Oates died, Mosley launched his own business as a maker of scissors and table cutlery. He married the daughter of Henry Hobson a cutlery retailer in Sheffield who was also very active in London.By 1881 Mosley employed about 240 workers in his factory in Sheffield which made him one of the larger cutlers in the city.He registered a silver mark in Sheffield in 1883 under his own name. He registered further marks in 1886, 1890, 1894 and 1907.In 1890 Mosley and his second son, Robert Frederick Mosley went into partnership with The Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co in London. They were silverware retailers with premises in Fenchurch Street and Oxford Street. He registered as a limited company in 1897 with himself and his son Henry Hobson Mosley as the main shareholders.Robert Frederick was listed in 1901 as living and working just off Oxford Street close to one of Clarks’ outlets.The company ceased trading in 1968.

Art Nouveau, ornamental style of art that flourished between about 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe and the United States. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewellery and glass design, posters, and illustration. It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design. About this time the term Art Nouveau was coined, in Belgium by the periodical L’Art Moderne to describe the work of the artist group Les Vingt and in Paris by S. Bing, who named his gallery L’Art Nouveau. The style was called Jugendstil in Germany, Sezessionstil in Austria, Stile Floreale (or Stile Liberty) in Italy, and Modernismo (or Modernista) in Spain.

Date Hallmarked Robert Mosley Sheffield 1911

Condition Excellent original condition . Hallmarks lightly rubbed

Dimensions Approximate width of the bowl 22cm and height 14 cm

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