Charles Robert Ashbee ( British, 1863 - 1942 )
The Guild of Handicraft ( British, 1888 - 1907 )
John Kirsten Baily
The work of architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee reflected the ideals of craftsmanship espoused by Englishman William Morris, one of the leading figures of the English Arts and Crafts movement. This gracefully proportioned hand-hammered and enameled trophy cup with cover evokes 15th- to 16th-century ecclesiastical chalices, distinguished by elongated bowls linked to round bases via flattened spherical knops, often ribbed to resemble pomegranates. The Eucharistic origin of the form is acknowledged—yet brilliantly modernized—in the grapelike clustered finial, set with carnelians, and the vining silver tendrils are allied with contemporary French Art Nouveau motifs.
Bonnie Pitman, ed., Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), 225.
This sporting cup is featured in an article in volume 19 of The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art, published in 1900. Read the article, entitled "Suggestions for the Improvement of Sporting Cups and Trophies Part I," on pages 156 through 165.