John Paul Cooper

John Paul Cooper made a significant contribution to the development of Arts & Crafts silver, metalwork and jewellery. His approach to decoration was magnificent and unusual.

He used materials such as coconut shell, ostrich egg and shagreen (shark's skin) in combination with gold, silver, copper and semi-precious stones to create intricate and fanciful pieces inspired by natural forms, medieval architecture, myths and ancient symbols. As a craftsman he was painstaking and a perfectionist. He wanted to master techniques and understand the nature of the materials he was working with.

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John Paul Cooper

John Paul Cooper

Designed by John Paul Cooper and made in his Birmingham workshop.

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Designed by John Paul Cooper and made probably in his Birmingham workshop.

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Designed by John Paul Cooper and made in his workshop at Hunton, Kent.

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Designed by John Paul Cooper and made in his workshop at Betsom’s Hill, Westerham, Kent.

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This piece with its compact solid form and bold linear decoration is typical of Cooper’s late work.

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Designed by John Paul Cooper and made in his workshop at Betsom’s Hill, Westerham, Kent.

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