An arts and crafts silver Dish by Spencer Carey Curtis.
An Edwardian unmarked silver shallow circular Dish raised on five columns above a shaped base with cushion feet, circa 1903, engraved with the maker’s name under the base: ‘Spencer Carey Curtis made me 1903.’ Engraved also with script initialS ‘JAA 1903.’
Major Spencer Carey Curtis, 1865-1945, architect, was articled to Henry Wilson, who later became President of the Art Workers’ Guild. Curtis fought in the Boer War and married the daughter of T.J. Eaton of Cape Province. In 1905 he designed ‘Good Hope‘, a house in the ‘Cape Dutch style‘ in Wimbledon for Petrus Cornelius van den Poel Hiddingh and his wife Blanche Esther Nightingale, daughter of the Civil Commissioner of the Cape of Good Hope. The pillared semi-circular entrance to the house is reminiscent of this tazza.
Good with minor surface markings.
Height – 9.10 cm.; Diameter – 18 cm.