Arts and Crafts hammered silver footed bowl

£595.00

Antiques Reference 2430

Arts and Crafts hammered silver footed bowl

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Description

Description

Arts and Crafts hammered silver footed bowl. Beautifully decorated and shaped and weighing approximately 14 ounces. Hallmarked C&RC – Charles and Richard Comyns  London 1918. Excellent original condition .

See also item 2428 for a similar piece

History

Charles and Richard Comyns -This prestigious firm of manufacturing silversmiths was originally established by William Comyns in c. 1859 when he purchased the business of Robert Tagg, an outworker of Rundell, Bridge & Co. William Comyns, silversmith, subsequently moved to 1 Percy Mews, Rathbone Place, then to 16 Silver Street, Golden Square, Soho and to Beak Street, Regent Street. Additional premises were taken from c. 1903 at 54 Marshall Street, Soho. The firm became William Comyns & Son in c. 1885 when sons Charles and Richard were admitted to the partnership. William Comyns died in January 1916. The business became William Comyn & Sons Ltd in 1930, with R.H. Comyns as permanent governing director. Their silver was always fine quality and they made silver for other retailers including Tiffany of New York. In 1953, the company was purchased by Bernard Copping and is now one of the few surviving manufacturing silversmiths in London, with premises at Comyns House, Tower Street, London, WC2.

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).

Date Hallmarked Charles and Richard Comyns London 1918

Condition Excellent original condition

Dimensions Approximate diameter 16.5 height 5.75 cm

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