Roseberys auctioneers in London have just sold a John Pearson mirror in their London saleroom. Catalogued simply as “A copper Arts & Crafts mirror, early 20th century, with stylized plants to either side and birds above and below, in oak frame, approx 47cm x 45.5cm” it had a very low estimate of £200-£300. Sadly – for buyers – it did not sell for that but sold for £1700 plus commission (so over £2000).
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.
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.
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.
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?
This panel, also dated 1900, and of the same dimensions, has slightly different details.
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.
This charger is fully signed and dated 1892 with a pattern number 526.