The Lions-head Fruitbowl 1927
The Lions-head Fruitbowl
Straight-sided vessel on four squared feet, the rim shaped to accommodate the decoration.
Applied with two low relief fruiting vine motifs flanked by the extraordinary lions head prontomes within squared spiral brackets, the foot beneath supporting a branching fish-tail that curves back up as a handle.
Signed & dated 1927
Size: 23cm wide
The form & decoration brings to mind Continental metal forms of circa 1910, for example silverplate fruit bowls from WMF. It is obviously influenced by Harvey’s ‘neo-Renaissance’ style, and bears the classic Harvey-School feature of fruiting vine, but the overall composition is a mixture of many influences. Clem’s own style can be seen in the faces of the lions: while one is somewhat fierce, the other is laughing!