Arts and Crafts hammered Scottish silver Tazza

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Arts and Crafts hammered Scottish silver Tazza


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Arts and Crafts hammered Scottish silver Tazza


Arts and Crafts hammered Scottish  silver Tazza. A hand hammered navette shaped bowl standing on four gently curving supports with trifurcated tops where they meet the bowl. Hallmarked David Aitken Glasgow 1907 and weighing approximately 583 grammes. The hallmark is clear and the piece is in excellent condition. A superb piece of Arts and Crafts silver craftsmanship.


The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. The movement had an “extraordinary flowering” in Scotland where it was represented by the development of the ‘Glasgow Style’ which was based on the talent of the Glasgow School of Art. Structured more by a set of ideals than a prescriptive style, the Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, a group founded in London in 1887 that had as its first president the artist and book illustrator Walter Crane. The Society’s chief aim was to assert a new public relevance for the work of decorative artists (historically they had been given far less exposure than the work of painters and sculptors).

Walker and Hall – the business was established in Sheffield in 1845 by George Walker. Becoming an assistant of Dr. John Wright who had conducted important experiments on electroplating Walker secured the royalty of electroplating for Sheffield. He was joined in the business by Henry Hall and became in 1853 Walker & Hall. The factory was at Howard Street, Sheffield, while showrooms were opened in 45 Holborn Viaduct, London. Branches were opened in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull, Bristol, Melbourne and Adelaide (Australia), Cape Town (South Africa). Walker & Hall was converted into a limited liability company in 1920 under the style Walker & Hall Ltd and combined in 1963 under the British Silverware Ltd with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co. Walker and Hall Sheffield were primarily Sheffield Makers, but items with Birmingham, London and Chester Assay Marks can also be found.

Date David Aitken Glasgow 1907

Condition Excellent original condition

Dimensions Approximate width 20 cm and maximum height 18.5 cm

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