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These pewter gifts are made in Cornwall, south western county of England. Cornwall with its bold and rocky coastline is a county full of prehistoric remains and many ruined castles, such as that at Tintagel.
The pewter gifts have designs that date from Celtic to 20th century art. Throughout pewter has a mystique to attract and create curiosity.
Using Cornish smelted pewter, the production process fuss high quality pewter ingots in a crucible. The molten metal is ladled into rubber moulds created from the artists original sculpture. Cooling and finishing follows, and the items are hand-polished by skilled craftsmen. Finally clips and other pieces are spot welded into position.
These are gifts of beauty and craftmanship and treasured as objects of art.
The Celts and Celtic Art
The Celts were ancient warriors in central and western Europe and probably spread to Britain in 6th century BC. They were at their height of power in the 4th century BC. By the 1st century BC Roman power and Germanic tribes had reduced Celt activity. Celts can be traced back to about 1200 BC. Celtic culture survives most strongly in Britain and Ireland.
The Celts were master craftsmen and artists. They ha a love of war, drinking and feasting but were also deeply spiritual with a closeness to nature. They practised mixed farming and could work various metals.
Celtic art originates from the Celtic people of central Europe. It combined a mix of artistic traditions including Greek, Etruscan and Scythian designs. The decorative style became more abstract in the late Iron Age and is found mainly on weapons. As Rome expanded in Europe, classical art had a large impact on Celtic art but in Britain Celtic art continued and in the post roman period, Irish Celtic designs were introduced.
Spirals are a feature of Celtic art developed from spirals in shells and plants.
Interlacing knotwork was developed from plait and basket work. Knotwork is frequently endless symbolising continuity. Complex designs can be found on carved stone crosses around Britain and Ireland.
The beautiful illuminated pages of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels show the interlaced lines, whorled circles and dotted grounds. Metalwork represented by the Ardagh Chalice, and the Tara and Rogart brooches are examples of Celtic filigree work.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a Scottish architect and decorative designer. He designed both building and interior fittings and furniture and was the central figure of the arts movement which became known as the Glasgow style. He is also remembered for the Cranston tea rooms in Glasgow.
Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech artist famous for his posters of Sarah Bernhardt and as an initiator of Art Nouveau. He is known for his design of some of the most delicate and ornate pieces of jewellery for various well known actresses.
Archibald Knox
Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was born on the Isle of Man. He came from an engineering background and started sketching at the age of seven. His main interest was Celtic design and he is widely known for his work with Liberty's and the Art Nouveau movement.
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