Lovely hand-worked Cornish copper charger in the Art Nouveau style with lacquered pewter finish and scrolling leaf and berry inlaid pattern of contrasting silver-coloured effect.
The superimposed ‘VH’ (Victoria House) logo is imprinted on the front. These copperware pieces were handmade by Paul Gilling from c1978 - 1990 in Wadebridge, Cornwall. He had learnt traditional copper-work techniques from Brian Wallis, the son of Hugh, and for the years prior, 1976 - 1978, he had used his initials 'PG' in a square. The charger comes in its original presentation box.
Original label to rear states:- "This item of hand worked copperware is created using the centuries old skills of Art Metalwork to combine the elegance of fine copper with traditional English Pewter. The surface has been lacquered to provide lasting protection and to ensure that it will retain its rich mellow lustre without tarnishing. It should be maintained in the same way as French polished furniture, by the occasional application of wax or aerosol polish. Each item bears our own identifying touchmark and is made only at Victoria House, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge, Cornwall, England". An additional "Made in Britain" label is also present.
Very good – minor, age-related wear around the perimeter of charger with central section of base showing a little more wear with underlying copper just peeping through the pewter finish.
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