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Christopher Nigel Lawrence silver and silver-gilt novelty surprise mushroom

This charming silver and silver gilt novelty surprise mushroom was made by Christopher Nigel Lawrence. The textured silver gilt mushroom cap lifts off to reveal the Wind in the Willows characters Ratty & Mole. The silver gilt Mole is standing on a textured silver river bank above the silver gilt Ratty who is holding a silver gilt oar and standing in a silver gilt boat on a blue enamelled and silver base beneath which is a textured silver stem leading to a slate base.
The mushroom is hallmarked by the London Assay Office for silver and 1983 and bears the sponsor's mark "CNL" for Christopher Nigel Lawrence. It is also stamped 250/17 being a limited edition number 17 of 250.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 4 1/8ozs - 117gms
Height: 3.35ins - 8.5cms
Width: 1.97ins - 5cms

Christopher Nigel Lawrence
(1936 - )
Lawrence was apprenticed to CJ Vander in 1951.
Studied at the School of Arts & Crafts in London.
After working at R E Stone he spent 8 years managing Gerald Benney’s workshop before setting up on his own account opening a studio and workshop in Leigh-on-Sea in the late 1960s. Following the recession he closed the workshop and moved to Southend.
Winner of 28 prizes in the Goldsmiths' Craft Council competitions & 3 Jacques Cartier Memorial Awards.
Member of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

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