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William Hutton & Sons, Ltd. Silver and Enamel Dish


This silver and enamel catchall by William Hutton & Sons, Ltd. is an oblong shallow dish that demonstrates the Art Nouveau affinity for balanced asymmetry within a composition, as one end of the dish expresses more weight than the other, allowing for a natural reading of “top” and “bottom.” The visual head of the piece includes an elegantly restrained example of the sinuous lines that define the Art Nouveau movement, while the extended end of the piece offers larger swathes of enamel, in which we can see the mastery of the technique applied.


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Item #: YF-19637
Artist: William Hutton & Sons, Ltd.
Circa: 1903
Dimensions: 0.5” height, 6.5” width, 3.75” depth
Materials: Silver, Enamel
Signature: Impressed with maker's mark "WH&SsLD" and Birmingham Assay Office marks

English Art Nouveau is also called the "Modern Style" or the "Glasgow Style," and is distinct from Art Nouveau aesthetics on the continent of Europe due to its strongly cemented roots in the Arts & Crafts Movement. For this reason, wonderful objects like this dish feature metalwork in silver, and a very specific and identifiable type of enamel decoration.