Butterfly Pendant by Charles Robert Ashbee

This colourful pendant, a butterfly with wings of red enamel emphasised by gold wirework, is an excellent piece by one of the pioneers of artistic jewellery.


Silver, Gold, Enamel, Silver & enamel on gold & mother of pearl & semi-precious stones
11 x 5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £18,000)
Acquired in:
Sophie Cox

CR Ashbee was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement, championing the philosophy of creating beautiful objects while creating meaningful employment. He founded the Guild and School of Handicraft in east London, promoting practical crafts among the East End community before relocating to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. Art historian Alan Crawford describes the pendant as 'a superb example of his mature and rather peculiar colour sense': the brilliant mother-of-pearl central setting is played against violent garnets and dark amethysts, creating a vibrant contrast.


Collection of John Cox. The pendant was reported as being stolen August 2017.

Venue details

Court Barn Church Street, CHIPPING CAMPDEN Gloucestershire GL55 6JE 01386 841 951 www.courtbarn.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

1 Apr – 30 Sept Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm 1 Oct – 31 Mar Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm Closed 24 Dec ​– 26 Dec, 1 Jan