Superb Hammered Copper Newlyn Tray English Arts & Crafts Pearson Unusually Large For Sale
This is a stunning, large and impressive antique hammered copper tray from the Newlyn Workshops in Cornwall, England from the English Arts & Crafts period. Started as a way to keep the fishermen occupied during the winter
months, the metalwork produced there became wildly popular with the
British public, and provided the most talented craftsmen a way out of
the arduous life of ocean fishing. From Wikkepedia:
"Late in the 19th century the fishing industry in Cornwall was
becoming unreliable as a source of income: bad weather and seasonal
fluctuations brought enforced periods of inactivity. It was decided that
an alternative means of employment could be gained by training the
unemployed fishermen to produce items in copper.
After some early experiments, the Class specialised in repoussé
copper work and produced a wide range of domestic and decorative items.
The school remained active for about thirty years after its
establishment in 1890.
John Drew Mackenzie,
an artist who settled at Newlyn was a key figure in setting up the
Newlyn Industrial Class, assisted by the benefactor and local M.P., Thomas Bedford Bolitho, and artists Reginald Dick, T.C. Gotch, Perry Craft and John Pearson.
The range of objects produced by the class including trays, mirror and photograph frames,
chambersticks, plates and chargers, boxes, bowls and coffee pots:
designs typically featured fish, ships and other nautical themes.
A permanent collection, representing much of the work of the original Newlyn School, is on view at the Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. Newlyn Copper is now highly valued by collectors."
This tray is unusually large and heavy, and the workmanship is superb. It was polished decades ago, and has mostly recovered a soft, aged patina as shown in the photos. It measures 20 1/2" w x 16 1/4" h, and is marked as shown. There are no dents, cracks or repairs. This would make a stunning centerpiece to a collection of Newly, copperwork, Arts & Crafts items, or the ambitious beginning to a new collection. Feel free to ask me any questions, and please offer with confidence. This item is guaranteed to be as described.
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Superb Hammered Copper Newlyn Tray English Arts & Crafts Pearson Unusually Large: $600