Made By Thomas Latham & Ernest Morton of Birmingham with a Registration Date of 1893, in Silver Plate metal with Ebony handles. The bowl piece is 3 3/4" in diameter and total width including the handles is 6 1/2". The piece looks like a Christopher Dresser Design although there is no evidence that I can find showing that Dresser designed for this firm.The Aesthetic Movement (1860-1900) describes the creative gust of fresh air that redefined the artistic landscape and cultural tastes of Britain in the second half of the 19th century. A response to the stifling, tight-laced Victorian art and attitudes of the mid-19th century, it expressed a startlingly modern set of ideas that culminated in the creative flowering of a coterie of artist and poet friends – the Pre-Raphaelites. Through this elite group, who screamed `art for art's sake', existing concepts of beauty were challenged by the flamboyant and eccentric behaviour of the protagonists and their efforts in self-promotion. Their tastes for intense colours, exotic subjects and vibrant motives of nature, such as sunflowers and peacock feathers, caught the public eye and, somewhat surprisingly, its imagination. The new aesthetic rapidly diffused into the broader realms of fashion, design, architecture, music, theatre and social mores.
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