A E Jones silver basket


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A E Jones silver basket


A E Jones silver dish in the form of a basket. The basket is decorated with a rose. A very attractive and useful piece form this well known silver maker. Hallmarked A E Jones Birmingham 1963. In excellent original condition with clear hallmarks


A.E. Jones born Albert Edward Jones in 1878 was one of the most notable silversmiths of the 19th century, with his work being synonymous with the Arts and Crafts movement. He was born into a family of craftsmen and studied at the Birmingham wing of the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

He was also a member of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. It was in this era that he would study and work alongside a number of key figures such as Arthur Dixon and Edward Taylor. Consequently  building  up a stellar reputation as one of the most promising craftsmen around. He set up his own premises at Holloway Head in Birmingham in 1902, when he also acquired the Jesson and Birkett firm.  His firm, A.E. Jones Limited continued operating until long after his death in 1954. It was finally being bought up by C J Vander. The company had been taken over by his son, Kenneth Crisp Jones in 1958.

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 A E Jones Birmingham 1963.

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate width 13 cm height 11cm to top of handle

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