Charles Robert Ashbee
Leather panel, 1892
Embossed, gilded and partially silvered leather - modern frame
Probably made by the Guild of Handicraft
h. 90 cm - w. 50,5 cm
PROVENANCE : Originally designed for the sitting room of Sir James Rankin at Bryngwyn Manor, Wormelow Tump, Herefordshire, UK - Presumably by descent - British private collection, 1980's - Private collection of Paul Reeves, London and Gloucestershire, UK, acquired directly from the above in 1985 - Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh, 14th February 2019, lot 189.
EXHIBITED : 'Architect - Designers, Pugin to Mackintosh', The Fine Art Society, London, 1981 - 'William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Great Britain', Foundacion Juan March, Madrid, and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, October 2017 - May 2018, exhibit 231.
SIMILAR PIECES : The original room at Bryngwyn Manor was made of 18 of those panels, representing either a pink, a galleon or in this case probably a stylized pomegranate. Ten of those panels were sold to the Wilson - Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery in 1982. The remaining panels are in an American private collection..
LITERATURE : Clive Wainwright, 'Architect - Designers, Pugin to Mackintosh', 1981, page 50.