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Oliver Baker for Liberty & Co Tudric pewter bowl c1910

Stock Code: 1510603904


Size:  maximum height (to tip of handle) 16.5 cm.  Maximum width (handle to handle) 25 cm. Inside rim diameter 11 cm.

The design of this striking four-handled bowl is firmly attibutable to Oliver Baker (1856-1939), a major designer for Liberty & Co, who is now unjustifiably in the reputational shadow of his fellow designer Archibald Knox.

In fact this bowl was first designed as part of Liberty's Cymric silver range in which Baker played a key role.  The silver version has an enamelled collar, and was also innovative in using the hammered texture which was then becoming fashionable.  The silver bowl was in the Liberty catalogue for 1900 and an example exists hallmarked 1901.

The pewter version here is numbered 0864,  which suggests a date somewhat later, probably about 1910.  We are aware of another example which has different textures and enamelled fields inside the handles.  That example is stamped "Tudric" (Liberty's pewter brand), whereas this example is stamped "English Pewter" and Made in England, but both carry the same pattern number.

It seem likely that the original Cymric design was revived for a pewter version for customers with shallower pockets.

The bowl is in good original antique condition.  It has not been polished and retains its patina.  There is some oxidisation around the rim and inside, but generally it has a pleasing antique appearance and is very tactile.

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