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Christopher Nigel Lawrence silver & silver-gilt novelty surprise mushroom

This charming silver and silver gilt novelty surprise mushroom was made by Christopher Nigel Lawrence. The textured silver and gilded sliver mushroom cap lifts off to reveal Ratty & Mole from the Wind in the Willows. The gilded silver mole is standing on a textured silver river bank above the gilded silver Ratty who is holding a gilded silver oar and standing in a gilded silver 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 29/250 being a limited edition number 29 of 250.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 4.5ozs - 131gms
Height: 3.54ins - 9cms
Width: 2.2ins - 5.6cms

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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