Mary Williams large copper peacock charger


A stunning large repousse copper charger firmly attributed to a design by Mary Williams, circa 1900.

The large copper charger has an incredibly detailed repousse design of a central peacock surrounded by a repeating pattern of multiple peacocks.  This particular design of charger is very typical of the work of the Williams family, with peacocks being a favoured motif for their designs.

This rare and special charger came with a number of superb pieces which I have researched thoroughly. The charger is believed to have been made by either Mary Williams herself or Charles Harmer who was based in Islington, London. Charles Harmer ran a plate metalwork firm in Islington. The family that sold the pieces were related to Charles Harmer. They kindly contacted a foreman who had worked at the firm for over 50 years. He remembered that there was a lady called “Miss Williams” who rented a basement in one of the firms buildings. Miss Williams was an artist and she produced the designs that were then either commissioned by the Harmer family or made by Charles Harmer and his son, also Charles Harmer, between 1890 and the early 1920s. This information, combined with the style of the designs, allows for a firm attribution to Mary Williams.

Much more of this story can be found in the following article in the News section… News 15


Dimensions:    23″ in diameter and 1 1/2″ deep

Condition:   Excellent. Recently polished

Price:   £1500