Thursday, 4 August 2011

N is for Newlyn

To continue my alphabet of British Arts and Crafts metalware - N is for the Newlyn Industrial Class, established in c1890 to provide training for unemployed fisherman to gain new skills as an alternative employment. Classes were provided in metal working under the direction of John Drew Mackenzie with assistance of artists such as John Pearson, T Gotch and Reginald Dick.

They produce some of the most collected British arts and crafts copper wares often decorated in the repousse manner with designs associated with the sea and coasts of Cornwall. Common motifs includes, fish, seagulls, fishing boats and local landmarks. Some silver jewellery with enamels were made but are rare. Many and varied shapes are seen, ranging from the small pin dishes and trays to more elaborate, teasets, inkwells, vases, boxes and mirrors

Almost always marked with a stamped "NEWLYN" - beware of spurious newlyn marks applied to all sorts of other metal ware.

Many other artist/coppersmiths worked independent of the class including John Pearson, Herbert Dyer, Joseph Pengelly, Phillip Hodder, William P. Wright, William Pezzack, Tom Batten, John Payne Cotton, Obed Nicholls, John Curnow, John Edgar Laity, George Mildren, and William Tonkin.

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