Hugh Wallis Arts and Crafts Copper Centrepiece

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Hugh Wallis Arts and Crafts Copper Centrepiece


Antique Reference 2032

Hugh Wallis Arts and Crafts Copper Centrepiece


A large arts and Crafts Table Centrepiece by Hugh Wallis. The patinated Copper bowl is inlaid with pewter. The piece is unusually large for Hugh Wallis and is marked HW to the underside. A beautiful statement piece and a useful but stylish piece


Hugh Wallis (1871-1943), Born in Kettering,  Hugh Wallis was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, (Quaker) as were many of his family. Hugh Wallis studied art at the Herkomer Art School, Bushey, Herts., in the early 1890s and exhibited fourteen times at the RA. It is not known where he studied metal work.   He was a coppersmith and in 1900 he opened a studio in Altrincham, Cheshire. He registered his first mark with the Chester Assay Office in 1905. He made mostly trays with distinctive pewter inlays and patterned rims which was a process he invented.  Usually the inlays were floral motifs.  Some of his work had a patinated finish.  Much of what survives has unfortunately had the inlay polished out.

Bushey Museum in Hertfordshire  has published a 94-page illustrated biography of Hugh Wallis:“Hugh Wallis, Artist and Art Metal Worker” by Margaret Thompson, obtainable from the Museum.

Date c 1910

Condition Excellent original condition. Light wear to the inside of the bowl

Dimensions Approximate height 13cm width 28cm

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