Art Nouveau silver dish by Mappin and Webb

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Art Nouveau silver dish by Mappin and Webb


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Art Nouveau silver dish by Mappin and Webb



Art Nouveau silver 2 handled dish by Mappin and Webb Sheffield 1901-1902. The bowl has two bifurcated whiplash handles and stands on 4 shaped feet . There is a Mappin and Webb London Retailers mark to the underside . Approximate weight 390 gramms


In 1775 Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield. Within a year the first Mappin hallmark was recorded at the assay office and in 1780 Jonathan Mappin was given the Freedom of the Cutlers Company. Jonathan Mappin’s son Joseph followed him into the business and was also a Freeman, then came his grandson, also called Joseph. But it was under his four great grandsons, who incorporated the business as Mappin Brothers Ltd, in the middle of the 19th Century that the significant expansion began – at the time, the youngest brother, Jonathan Newton Mappin, was only 14 years old.

In 1849, Joseph Mappin opened his first London showroom at 15 Fore Street; shortly afterwards the eldest brother was knighted, becoming Sir William Mappin, but as the business grew the brothers each took a different path. Sir William Mappin left in 1859, to become the senior partner at Thomas Turton & Sons’ steel mill, and gave his share of Mappin Brothers to the other three. In 1860, Jon Mappin, the youngest but by now 22 years old, broke away from Mappin Brothers and started his own business Mappin & Company opening the first Mappin store in 1860 at 77-78 Oxford Street, London. Jon Mappin was joined in the new adventure two years later by his brother-in-law George Webb. In 1864 Mappin, Webb & Co was formed, the very year that George Webb was to die. ‘Mappin & Webb Ltd ‘ was first recorded in 1889, and at this stage the business was focused on manufacturing based in Sheffield.

Meanwhile Mappin Brothers Ltd had remained with the middle brothers, Joseph and Edward, and as the British Empire grew they had grown with it, with stores being opened worldwide. They were succeeded by Edward’s son Charles Mappin who eventually sold the business in 1884. Over the next ten years the new owners seem to have struggled in finding a direction and eventually failed. In 1903, Jon Mappin acquired the original London retail business, Mappin Brothers, and from 1899, the Company was known as ‘Mappin & Webb Ltd incorporating Mappin Brothers’. ¬†Today they hold a Royal Warrant as Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen and as Silversmiths to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Date Sheffield 1901-2

Condition Excellent original condition

Dimensions Approximate width including handles 24 cm excluding handles 17.5 cm height 6.5 cm

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