I am very grateful to Andrew Turner of Peter Wilson Fine Art auctioneers for sending me these images of a lovely large John Pearson charger dating from his time at the Guild of Handicraft in 1892. Fully signed but no pattern number. It is a large one – 51cm wide. It sold for £800 plus commission, so just under £1000 in July 2015.

Guild of Handicraft charger by John Pearson

This charger was sold by Peter Wilson auctioneers in July 2015 for £800 plus commission.

Thanks to Jeff Barker for sending me this images of a copper box by John Pearson (with the ‘straight’ initials) and dated 1900. It has all the characteristic features – the feathered bird, flowers and the hinge.

John Pearson 1900 box

Copper box, dated 1900, featuring a long necked swan.

Hinge of copper box

The hinge, square nails, and flowers are typical of a John Pearson box.

It is very rare to find very similar (but still not identical!) pieces by John Pearson but I was recently sent an image of a large repousse copper panel.

Large rectangular repousse panel

Is this a representation of Jerusalem?

Close up of sun

Detail of landscape

It has been suggested that this landscape, signed on the back with the simple “J. P. 1900.” and measuring 41 inches by 9.5 inches, is an allegorical rendition of Jerusalem, flanked by a phoenix on the Mt. of Olives and the lion of Judah on the facing hill.

What is interesting is that a very similar panel was sold by Woolley & Wallis auctioneers in Salisbury in December 2014 but in a different orientation – a mirror image. Is it possible that these are a pair?

1900 copper landscape panel by John Pearson

A second panel by John Pearson dated 1900 and initialled

This panel, also dated 1900, and of the same dimensions, has slightly different details.

Detail of panel showing lions

The panel is similar to the one above

Detail of sunburst

Note that the sun’s rays are slightly different.

This 15 inch charger, fully signed and dated 1890, with the same pattern number as another one on this site – 403. This is the first time I have seen the same pattern number used by Pearson, perhaps an oversight. Both date from his time at the Guild of Handicraft.

Image of charger

An early copper charger by John Pearson dated 1890