The Arts & Crafts movement promoted the idea of the hand-made. And while such objects could be quite finessed, some pieces enjoyed a more naive, folk art aesthetic. An example in point is the hand-hammered copper tray, shown above. Beaten of heavy copper, the raised edges are further decorated with scalloping and hand-cut piercing. The enormous time and patience required to remove these central bits—with a drill and coping saw—meant that this tray was, indeed, a labor of love. But look closely and you’ll see that the decoration on each side of the tray varies just a little from its neighbors—a certain sign of its hand-made provenance.
The tray above would be perfect for serving drinks and can hold 8 -12 stems. Furthermore, it would make a handsome centerpiece holding pillar candles or as a bottle caddy on a kitchen counter or dressing table.
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