Arts and Crafts Silver plated tray with Ruskin Cabochons

//Arts and Crafts Silver plated tray with Ruskin Cabochons

Arts and Crafts Silver plated tray with Ruskin Cabochons

£425.00

Antique Reference 2142

Arts and Crafts Silver plate on Copper tray with Ruskin Cabochons

Description

An Arts and Crafts Silver plate on Copper tray decorated with 2 ceramic Ruskin Cabochons. Unmarked. English c 1910. A useful but beautiful example of English Arts and Crafts

History

In the early 1900’s, the Ruskin Pottery introduced small round cabochons, which they called, “enamels” or “plaques”. The idea was to use them as gems for inserting into wood, or mounting into metal, and jewelry. They became a major part of the pottery’s output over the next few years. All Ruskin advertising included “Ruskin Pottery, Enamels and Buttons”.

The pottery also made tiles, hatpins, studs, cuff links, scarf pins, and pendants.

Ruskin cabochons have the same wonderful leadless glazes that were painstakingly developed for the pottery’s simple, but artistically beautiful vases. Amongst others, Liberty of London, purveyors of both sterling silver and pewter art objects, started using Ruskin plaques instead of semiprecious gemstones. These gemstones had become so expensive that they simply were no longer cost effective. The Ruskin plaques were relatively inexpensive. And the colours were so beautiful that the public took to them immediately.

Date – 1910

Condition  Excellent original condition. Light wear.

Dimensions – Approx 31 cm x 15 cm

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