Shallow silver fruit bowl or centrepiece in the Arts & Crafts style. The body is hand-hammered with a lovely honeycomb faceted pattern surmounted by a band of punched beading, also done by hand. The bowl is mounted on a simple collet foot.
The Arts & Crafts movement emerged from a disenchantment with the impersonal, mechanised direction of society in the 19th century, and sought to return to a simpler, more fulfilling way of living. The movement was admired for its use of high quality materials and for its emphasis on utility in design.