Arts and Crafts silver spoon


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Arts and Crafts silver spoon by Lady Silversmith Ellen Caroline Woodward



Arts and Crafts silver spoon by lady silversmith Ellen (Nellie)Caroline Woodward. She was born in Camden in 1859 and died in 1943. She also worked as a sculptor and artist. She was a member of the Womens Guild of Arts. This Guild was established in 1907 as a reaction to its founding members being denied membership of the Art Workers’ Guild. It was conceived as an alternative for female artists to the Guild of Handicraft which excluded women from its membership until 1964. She partnered with Agnes Withers and they worked together at Johnson Street, Notting Hill Gate, London until 1913. She is listed on page 405 of Artists Spoons and Related Cutlery by Simon Moore.

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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 London 1901 Ellen Caroline Woodward

Condition Excellent original condition

Dimensions Approximate length 10cm

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