Mermaid Bowl 1930

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

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Art work details

Year of production :
1930
Category:
John Paul Cooper
Dimensions :
H. 15.9cm
Credit Line :
Purchased

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

Silver with chased decoration.

This piece with its compact solid form and bold linear decoration is typical of Cooper’s late work. The marine theme of the decoration – including mermaids, shells and fish – is extended to the bowl whose undulating layered effect suggest waves lapping the shore.

The bowl was made by Laurie Colarossi. It took 49 hours for which he was paid £4.18.0. The cost of the silver – 13 ounces – was £1.7.1.  The chasing cost £10 bringing the cost price of this piece to £16.5.1. It was sold to Leicester in 1933 for £25.

Marked ‘JPC’ London, 1930-31.

Selected for Leicester’s collections from an exhibition at Dunthorne & Son Ltd, London following Cooper’s death by the architect, William Keay of Pick, Everard, Keay & Gimson, a member of the museum committee.

Purchased in 1933.