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Copper charger: AAL.2-2015

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Copper charger


Maker: Pearson, John




Copper sheet, raised, embossed and chased.

Large, circular, dark brown copper charger, with a wide flat bowl surrounded by a horizontal rim and covered with repoussé decoration. On a raised dome in the centre is a tree, with the sun behind it, surrounded by a circular chain of eight hounds, and around that the inscription ‘WHAT DEEDS ARE DONE IN THE NAME OF POVERTY’. Around the rim is a continuous scrolling design of stylised leaves, some supporting berries. Six point hanging frame fitted around the back.


History note: Lent by The Keatley Trust, 2015

Legal notes

Lent by The Keatley Trust, 2015

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 51.2 cm
Height: 3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Whitechapel ⪼ London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (2015-11-23) by Keatley Trust


Last quarter of 19th century
Production date: AD 1890 : dated


John Pearson (1859-1930), born in Lambeth to a journeyman broom maker, trained in metalwork with the Home Arts & Industries Association. He was a ceramics designer and decorator for William De Morgan in the 1880s, working on blanks and tiles. In 1888 he became a founder member of the Guild of Handicraft, set up by C R Ashbee as a craftsmens’ co-operative in Whitechapel, but resigned in 1892 to develop his own commercial practice as a metalworker and ceramic designer. In 1892, Pearson moved to Newlyn, Cornwall, where he spent several years teaching industrial design. He returned to London in 1901, opening a workshop in Hanway St, London W1, where made decorative metalwork, decorated ceramics and continued to teach until 1929. He is best known for his repoussé copper pieces. Both Liberty’s and Morris & Co. sold his work.

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

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Materials used in production

Copper sheet

Techniques used in production

Raising : Copper sheet, raised, embossed and chased.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J Pearson 1890
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten inscription scratched onto surface
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 359 [within a circle]
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten inscription scratched onto surface
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: AAL.2-2015
Primary reference Number: 208255
Entry form: 1308
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Created: Tuesday 9 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 6 August 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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