HAROLD STABLER: An Arts and Crafts silver teapot and matched kettle the teapot unmarked, the underside prick-dot engraved HAROLD STABLER MADE IN ENGLAND, the kettle with maker's mark for Harold Stabler, London 1925  (2)
Lot 148
HAROLD STABLER: An Arts and Crafts silver teapot and matched kettle
the teapot unmarked, the underside prick-dot engraved HAROLD STABLER MADE IN ENGLAND, the kettle with maker's mark for Harold Stabler, London 1925 (2)
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,489) inc. premium
Lot Details
HAROLD STABLER: An Arts and Crafts silver teapot and matched kettle
the teapot unmarked, the underside prick-dot engraved HAROLD STABLER MADE IN ENGLAND, the kettle with maker's mark for Harold Stabler, London 1925
Compressed oval bellied form with all over spot-hammered surface, the hinged lids with bird of prey finials and wood handles, the panelled sides applied with lozenge-shaped motifs alternating between birds, squirrels and foliage, height of kettle 24.3cm, length of teapot 25cm, weight total 63.5oz. (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance, by family descent. This is believed to have been a special commission for Sir James Morton of Sundour Fabrics.

    Alexander Morton founded a textiles factory in 1881. The company had a long association with the Arts and Crafts movement buying designs from leading designers. Morton & Co also supplied all the major British shops including Liberty & Co.
    The Scottish textile company Alexander Morton & Co. began to market its new Sundour range of colourfast fabrics in about 1911. This was lead by Alexander's son Sir James Morton.

    Ronald Simpson, was one of the company's highly acclaimed designers, he was the son of Arthur Simpson who in 1901 formed the 'The Handicrafts',creating a showroom in Windermere whicch exhibited many crafts.
    In 1899 exhibiting under the loan exhibition at Abbott Hall, Kendall works by Harold Stabler were showcased.

    Harold Stabler RDI (1872 - 1945)

    Born in Levens, Westmoreland. His training was in the Arts and Crafts Movement, firstly, in the stone and wood carving at the Kendal School of Art under Arthur Simpson and, later, metalwork at the Keswick School of Industrial Art. In 1899, he left Keswick to study in the metalwork department of the Liverpool School of Art under Richard Llewellyn Rathbone.
    In around 1906, he moved to London to teach at the John Cass Technical Institute as head of the Art Department. Around the same time he married Phoebe Gertrude McLeish, the couple went on to collaborate in the design and execution of jewellery, silverwork and pottery. Together they set up a business in their home, Hammersmith in 1912.
    Stabler was an instructor of metalwork, jewellery and enamelling at the Royal College of Art 1912-1926. He went on to design for several major silversmithing companies; Goldsmiths & Silversmiths, Adie Brothers and Wakely & Wheeler, using an 'architectural modernist geometric style, later to be called Art Deco.' He was very much part of the modern movement and was awarded the first Royal Designer for Industry in 1936, for pottery, enamelling and silversmithing, by the British Royal Society of Arts.
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