Designed by Gordon Russell (1892-1980)
Manufactured at the Russell Workshops Ltd (1927-1929)
22 x 29. 6 cm (diameter)
English (Broadway), 1927-29
‘R W Ltd’ (stamped under base, see right)
The Studio Yearbook, 1927
Ray Leigh & Trevor Chinn, Drawn to Design The work of Sir Gordon Russell CBE, MC. RDI, the celebrated 20th century Furniture Designer, (2013), p. 72
This pattern is recorded in the Russell Archive as Design no: 547 ‘Fruit Dish in gilding metal or oxydised copper /11 ¾” diameter x 8 ¼” high / Price £6.18.6’.
Russell and Sons Ltd changed its name to Russell Workshops Ltd on 4th November 1927, and again to Gordon Russell Ltd on 28th September 1929; this allows the present example to be dated to within a two-year period.
A dish of this form, marked ‘RW Ltd was sold at Sotheby’s Belgravia, 31 March 1977, lot 390.
Other examples, in ‘gilding brass’ are in an English private collection, and in an American private collection. A third example (identically marked to the one offered here) is illustrated on the cover of Andrew Everett, Love and Labour are All: The Arts and Crafts Movement and Beyond, 2012.