Brooch/Pendant
Date: c. 1900
Medium: Enamel on copper, silver with cabochon amethyst
Dimensions: 2 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 5/8 in. (5.4 × 3.8 × 1.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H. W. Janson, 1976
Object Number: 1976-36
About: In 1888, Charles Robert Ashbee established the Guild of Handicraft, in Whitechapel, London, specializing in silver and metalwork. Ashbee was clearly responding to the call for handcrafts espoused by both John Ruskin and William Morris. In 1902, he moved the Guild to the rural Cotswolds, to escape the ugliness of urban life and embrace a more commune-like lifestyle. The designs produced by the firm, many designed by Ashbee himself, were often derived from organic motifs, as in the case of the Brooch.
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