A pendant made by the Guild of Handicraft in c1899 has been bought by Court Barn Museum with the help of the Friends of Court Barn Museum, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.

The pendant reflects the style of the Arts & Crafts movement beautifully; the influence of nature and the return to natural forms with the suggestion of a butterfly with its wings of red enamel on gold. The central setting of mother of pearl is surrounded by garnets and amethysts with curving wirework;

“This is tremendous news,” said Curator, Sarah McCormick Healy. “I’m delighted that, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Friends, the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, this beautiful pendant has been acquired for the Museum where it can be admired and enjoyed by all.”

The Friends have been fundraising for the pendant. Anne Thomas from the Friends said “One of the fundraising events celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ashbee’s birth. On 17th May the Friends walked in Ashbee’s footsteps from Chipping Campden to St Nicholas Church, Saintbury where refreshments and delicious home-made cakes for the walkers. It was a huge success”.

C. R Ashbee was a pioneer and innovator for Arts and Crafts jewellery. He treated jewellery seriously and rejected typical Victorian jewellery, despising both the showiness and vulgarity of expensive pieces. This pendant is representative of his mature work from the turn of the century, illustrating Ashbee’s feeling for colour and use of natural forms especially flowers and insects.

The pendant is on display in the Museum.


How to find us
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE

2. Admission charges
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free

Opening times
April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.

The Museum 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.

Source: Court Barn Museum