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Christopher Nigel Lawrence silver and silver-gilt novelty surprise mushroom

Another charming silver and silver gilt novelty surprise mushroom by Christopher Nigel Lawrence. The textured silver gilt mushroom cap lifts off to reveal a silver elf decorating a silver gilt Christmas tree with baubles made of carnelian, onyx, tiger's eye, chalcedony and lace agate whilst a silver fairy attaches a silver star to the top of the tree. To one side of the tree is a silver ladder on top of which is a silver basket containing a tiger's eye and a lace agate bauble. The textured and ruched silver stem leads to a slate base.
The mushroom is hallmarked by the London Assay Office for silver and 1980. It is also stamped 40/250 being a limited edition number 40 of 250.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 9.25ozs - 263gms
Height: 4.69ins - 11.9cms
Width: 2.76ins - 7cms

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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