A. E. Jones Copper & Silver Pair of Vases and Tray in Arts & Crafts Style
A. E. Jones copper pair of vases and tray in Arts & Crafts style, adorned with applied sterling silver motifs, from the early 20th century. The vases measure 7 3/4'' in height by 3 1/2'' in diameter at the top. The tray measures 20 1/2'' in length from handle to handle (inner length is 14 1/2'') by 15'' in width by 1 1/4'' in height. Marks are shown.
A.E. Jones born Albert Edward Jones in 1878 was one of the most notable silversmiths of the 19th century, with his work being synonymous with the Arts and Crafts movement. He was born into a family of craftsmen and studied at the Birmingham wing of the Central School of Arts and Crafts.
He was also a member of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. It was in this era that he would study and work alongside a number of key figures such as Arthur Dixon and Edward Taylor, consequently building up a stellar reputation as one of the most promising craftsmen around. He set up his own premises at in Birmingham in 1902, when he also acquired the Jesson and Birkett firm. This attracted various talented prodigies and making his own tools. His firm, A.E. Jones Limited continued operating until long after his death in 1954. It was finally being bought up by C J Vander. The company had been taken over by his son in 1958.
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