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Antique Arts & Crafts Silver Plate on Copper Ruskin Tray c.1910 (1 of 9)
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Antique Arts & Crafts Silver Plate on Copper Ruskin Tray c.1910

REF: CA2113 / LA353724
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Description
This is a lovely piece of hand beaten metalwork to add to a collection, and its size makes it an ideal display piece. The tray is octagonal in form with an applied rope twist border - the central recess of the tray has a hand hammered finish, which was a common feature of Arts & Crafts metalwork. The lip or flat edge of the tray also has left over tool mark where the craftsman has shaped and manipulated the metal, though the marks as not as pronounced as the recessed area. Also on the lip, there are four mounted Ruskin ceramic plaques or enamels, each of which varies slightly its shade of blue. Each of the Ruskins is well set into the metalwork, with the surface rising slightly to form a collar around the plaques. Of course, it's impossible to say if the plaques are marked as being Ruskins (originating from the Edward R Taylor / William Howson Taylor ceramic factory) - the only way to be certain of this would involve virtually destroying the piece, which isn't practical. As mentioned in the title, this item is silver plate on a copper base metal - the silvered surface is in excellent order with only minimal loss of finish - this is only seen on the rope twist border and the very edges of the collars holding the Ruskins. It would appear that the piece has been very heavily plated, and retains its original finish. Were it not for the minor areas of 'bleed', you could be fooled into thinking the item were solid silver. As can be seen in the images, the front side has a bright polished finish - the reverse side retains a oxidised darkened patina, which may be cleaned off if desired. There are no makers marks to to be found on the item, which makes a positive attribution difficult - the only kind of mark to be seen is an old scratched mark of '471' to the reverse side. Having seen and sold a good few of these types if pieces over the years, it's my opinion that this is not the work of an amateur craftsman. The metalworking is too competent to be the work of a hobbyist. It's more than likely that the item originated in one of the many Arts & Crafts Guilds or Schools that existed across the U.K. from the late 19th century. It's been suggested that the item may of been the work of Clarkson of Northallerton, based upon where it was sourced and the general style - of course, this is only speculation, and were it made by Clarkson I'd of expected to see a makers mark stamped on it. The tray measures 30.5cm across with the recessed area in the centre measuring 21.5cm across. The unpacked weight is 697g. The condition of the item is excellent, with only perfectly normal signs of use and wear apparent. As mentioned above, the silvered surface is very good, with only minimal loss around the rope twist border and the Ruskin mounts. There very light surface contact marks to each of the Ruskins - what you might call abrasions, but these have not penetrated the glaze. Each Ruskin plaque is free from cracks and chips. If you have any further questions, please ask.

measurements

Height:
30.5 cm
Width:
30.5 cm
Weight:
697 g

declaration

Century Antiques has clarified that the Antique Arts & Crafts Silver Plate on Copper Ruskin Tray c.1910 (LA353724) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being Circa 1910

condition

The condition of the item is excellent, with only perfectly normal signs of use and wear apparent. As mentioned above, the silvered surface is very good, with only minimal loss around the rope twist border and the Ruskin mounts. There very light surface contact marks to each of the Ruskins - what you might call abrasions, but these have not penetrated the glaze. Each Ruskin plaque is free from cracks and chips.

additional info

Artisan:
unknown
Date of Manufacture:
Circa 1910

delivery

P&P to U.K. addresses is included in the purchase price. if you are outside the U.K. please contact me for a shipping quote.

location

This Antique Arts & Crafts Silver Plate on Copper Ruskin Tray c.1910 is located in Kilby, United Kingdom

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