The British designer Charles Robert Ashbee is among the most important representatives of the “Arts and Crafts” movement. Through his countless designs of everyday use items, furnitures and houses along with his involvement in the founding of the School of Handicrafts and the Guild of Handicrafts, the influence of Ashbee on the European and British art scene was decisive. His reputation as an outstanding artist even reached the Viennese artists and he was invited to exhibit his works of art at the Vienna Secession in 1900, together with other representatives of the Glasgow School of Arts and Crafts, a rare honour indeed.
A model of this salt bowl was exhibited at the secession in Vienna in 1900 and it was highly appreciated by the local art critics. The execution was conducted in a very high quality and the marks were embossed sharply and clearly. The elegant swing, the perfect proportions, the charming “crown” on the spoon and the sparse but highly effective usage of semi-precious stones transform a simple item of everyday use into a flawless design object from the time around 1900.
Bib.: “Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration”, art magazine, annual collection 1903/1904, s. 217, contemporary photograph