Thurs 10th October – Sun 24 November 2013.
This autumn Court Barn Museum will be showing a rare collection of the work of Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, designer-makers who worked as part of the Arts & Crafts movement, producing silver and enamel work, book illustrations and jewellery both independently and in partnership.
This is a unique opportunity to see a major collection of work, many pieces of which have not been on public display before. The main focus of the exhibition is their stunning and influential jewellery. It is appropriate that Court Barn Museum, set up to promote the legacy of craft and design in the north Cotswolds, should show the work of these two artists who have a close connection to Chipping Campden.
Philip Smith of Mallams, the main Sponsor, said: ‘Mallams are delighted to be supporting Court Barn Museum in the first major show of the Gaskins work for over 25 years. It is a real achievement and promises to be a wonderful exhibition’.
Although they spent most of their working lives in Birmingham they were frequent visitors to Chipping Campden. They came to live in the town in 1924, making their home on the High Street. A few years after Arthur’s death in 1928, Georgie moved to Kent where she died in 1934. They are buried together, a stone’s throw from Court Barn Museum, in the churchyard of St James’s Church.
In the first years of their married life Arthur worked part-time as a teacher and they both relied on book illustration to make a living. Around 1893 William Morris became aware of Arthur’s work and subsequently asked him to provide illustrations for the Kelmscott Press.1895 saw the publication of J. M. Neale’s Good King Wenceslas, illustrated by Arthur and with an introductory note by Morris.
A busy period as illustrators for the next five years ended with a series of commercial disappointments. These setbacks led to a change in direction and the Gaskins both set about learning to work in metal and to make jewellery. Their mature Gaskin style is characterised by a scrolling wirework structure with leaves and sprays of flowers. The effect has been described as suggesting an English cottage garden in high summer populated with tiny flitting birds. Frequently jewellery was made in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet – whether by chance or design is not certain.
We shall never be quite sure how the collaboration between husband and wife worked but they were extremely successful in what they set out to do and were fortunate to be among the few Arts & Crafts designer-makers to make a reasonable living doing so.
The exhibition is sponsored Mallams and The Birmingham Assay Office. Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay office said, “We are delighted to support this exhibition and congratulate Court Barn Museum on bringing this collection of Gaskin pieces back “home” to Chipping Campden.”
The exhibition runs from Thurs 10th October – Sun 24 November 2013.
Related Events Programme:
Sat 19th October at 5.00pm
Lecture: Arthur & Georgie Gaskin: An Arts & Crafts partnership by Alan Crawford
Town Hall, High Street, Chipping Campden.
Sat 2 November 11am-3pm
Demonstration on aspects of jewellery by Ettore Consorte
Court Barn Museum
COURT BARN MUSEUM
How to find us:
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
Opening times: April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.
About our sponsor Mallams
Mallams are one of the leading specialist auctioneers in arts and crafts works of art in the country with offices in Oxford, Cheltenham & Abingdon.
About our sponsor The Birmingham Assay Office
Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, due to the efforts of Matthew Boulton, The Birmingham Assay Office has a long established reputation within the jewellery trade for its independence, integrity and expertise. It has carried out its statutory duty of assaying and hallmarking for 240 years and in the late 20th Century has expanded its services significantly. The Birmingham Assay Office now offers a wide range of product safety tests for jewellery, watches and fashion accessories including nickel, lead and cadmium testing, gemstone authentication and certification and SafeGuard Jewellery Watch and Silverware valuations. Its specialist expertise is acknowledged worldwide.
Source: Court Barn Museum Chipping Campden