International Decorative Art



Design Date 1911

Designer Charles Ashbee (1863–1942, English)

Manufacturer Guild of Handicraft (1908–present), Gloucester, England

Media silver with a green chrysoprase stone

Dimensions 1 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Charles Robert Ashbee was a leader in the Arts & Crafts movement. He founded the Guild of Handicraft in 1888 in an effort to ensure that handmade goods would not be replaced by industrial production. The Guild specialized in fine craftsmanship, producing furniture, jewelry, leatherwork and metalwork. Ashbee was the star designer, working in an Art Nouveau style with curved forms with elongated handles and often adding semiprecious stones or enamels, like this porringer.

Ashbee’s influence was felt far and wide, even in the United States, where he travelled frequently giving lectures on Arts & Crafts design. He also reached American consumers, per the department store Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago, which sold goods from Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Markings G of H, lion passant, leopard head and q impressed marks

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2022.032.001