The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the catalyst that fueled the Arts and Crafts
Movement. The exhibits were described as badly made with excessive
ornamentation. The Arts and Crafts Movement reaction to the disappointing
exhibits was to encourage high quality 'crafts' of craftsmen and artisans. This
movement was noted for simplified natural motifs. In many parts of Europe
devotees of this movement had strong negative feelings about the use of
machinery in the creation of accessories, furniture and works of art. Craftsmen
should work with their hands and be free to express their creativity. These
craftsmen would return to using primitive tools to produce high quality
simplified pieces which often had the appearance of a pre-industrial age. Today
Arts and Crafts pieces are highly collectible. There was no extravagant
decoration and they are very beautiful.
This is an Arts & Crafts cigarette case made c. the late 1800s. The case is
fully hallmarked 800 silver. This composition of 800 silver lends itself to the
creation of dark patina which is particularly pleasing on pieces of this genre.
This patina can only improve with age and what a beautiful example this antique
silver case is. On the lid and base three Centaurea in bloom with a bud on the
lower right hand side. The simplicity and balance of the design so charming
which is why this movement has such a following. Push the thumb catch to
activate a spring loaded catch. The gilded interior showing the repoussage in
reverse. The original gold elastic strap still in place. All clasps and hinges
work perfectly. So often Arts & Crafts pieces have the appearance of primitive
/ medieval items and this is certainly so with this antique silver case. The
case is in very good condition. Measures 9 cm X 7.5 cm and weighs 68. grams.
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