An extremely rare set of four (two L-shaped and two rectangular) original Arts & Crafts patinated copper & brass door handles on backplates, designed (and used) by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942)/ Guild of Handicraft for his Cheyne Walk, London house, “The Magpie & Stump”; c1893-4.
The house had been built on the site of a 16th C Inn by the name of the Magpie & Stump; The inn was burnt down in 1886 and Ashbee designed and built his family home there, and also incorporated offices and his personal studio for the Guild & School of Handicraft.
The house was eventually demolished in 1969 but prior to that, members of the Ashbee family along with the V&A Museum in London retrieved and saved many items. Most of these are now in the collection of the V&A. The Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum has some of the leatherwork panels and some remained in private family hands; from which this set originally came.
l: approx 12”
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