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A LARGE DELLA ROBBIA CHARGER
c. 1905 United Kingdom
Offered by E & H Manners
Designed by Cassandra Walker and coloured by Gertrude Russell.
Cassandra Walker worked at the Della Robbia factory in Birkenhead for most of its existence, 1894-1906, and is considered one of the best artists and designers it ever had.
During the later years (1903-06) she specialised in wall plates and plaques.
Gertrude Russell came to work at the factory in the autumn of 1903 and the initials ‘GR’ in monogram appear on pieces dating from1904-1906.
The Della Robbia pottery factory in Birkenhead was founded by Harold Rathbone, son of a wealthy local businessman and himself an artist and a pupil of Ford Maddox Brown. He was inspired whilst travelling in Italy by the work of the Florentine sculptor Lucca della Robbia and his family. Back home he set up the factory in 1894 on the principles of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement using local workman and local material and trying to revive traditional skills and pride in workmanship. Rathbone strongly encouraged the artists at his pottery to develop their own skills and style.
After twelve years in business the factory ran into financial difficulties and had to close.
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