Arts and Crafts hammered silver tea caddy by Charles Edwards

£975.00

Antiques Reference 2351

Arts and Crafts hammered silver tea caddy by Charles Edwards

Description

Arts and Crafts hammered silver tea caddy by Charles Edwards. The caddy stands on four looped bifurcated feet. Made in London and hallmarked for 1910. A superb design and a fine example of Arts and Crafts silver.

History

Charles Edwards –  manufacturing silversmiths, established in 1865 according to their illustrated catalogues published in the 1920s, commenced trading under the style of William & Charles Edwards, the first marks being entered by William Edwards from 12 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, EC, where they are listed until 1878 as working silversmiths. Thereafter, marks were entered from the same address, first by Thomas Edwards, followed by Charles Edwards. Afterwards trading under his own name, Charles Edwards moved to 2A Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, where from 1879 he is listed as a silversmith and again before 1884 to 8 Northampton Square, Clerkenwell EC. Continuing to trade under the style of Charles Edwards, the firm was subsequently taken over by Charles Albert Eldridge (1889-1968), who registered his own mark at Goldsmiths’ Hallon 26th August 1924. In 1958 the business was converted into a limited liability company as C. Edwards Ltd but was sold and closed a couple of years later.

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 Edwards London 1910

Condition Excellent original condition

Dimensions Approximate width 10 cm and height 11 cm

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