Backwards Glances

English Arts & Crafts Hammered Copper Desk Set with Blue Enamel Cabochons

The Arts & Crafts Movement—whether it happened to take place in England, America, or Continental Europe—would frequently look back to the motifs, icons, and  stylistic flourishes of that culture’s earlier peoples.  Americans “lifted” Native American symbols.  The English loved reviving Medieval literary themes. One of my favorite backward-looking references is to The Gothic.  This English Arts & Crafts hammered copper desk set utilizes heavy riveting and a austere construction that reminds me of Gothic metalwork.

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