Silver dish designed by C.R.Ashbee

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Silver dish designed by C.R.Ashbee

In 1888 the architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee established craft workshops called the Guild of Handicraft in East London - craft as an alternative to factory work. In 1902 he moved the workshops to Chipping Campden, hoping for a better life for his craftsmen. The Guild itself went into liquidation in 1908, but Ashbee's bold gesture transformed the history of the town, for it brought the Arts and Crafts movement to Chipping Campden.

Loop-handled dishes are among Ashbee's most celebrated designs. He chose to work with a few simple elements, such as plain hammered silver, coloured stones set sparingly and fluent wirework. As compositions in design, the dishes exemplify the refined and restrained ornament that is a hallmark of arts and crafts style, as well as a precursor of early twentieth-century modernism.

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