A lovely piece of Arts & Crafts metalwork. Another elegant and practical piece, to keep on the desk top and put to daily use (which recalls the words of Morris ..."nothing can be a work of art that is not useful"). Finished in polished Brass, but could be copper as well, and hand finished scrolls at the ends. As with many things, this simple piece is deceptive, and it is quite a skilled labour intensive piece to make. It is also a very tricky piece to photograph, because once polished it reflects everything.
It was originally made c. 1901 - 3, by H.J. Masse, a fellow member with Voysey of the Art Workers Guild. The original cost was 10s. It was probably designed for Voysey's own house a year or two earlier. It probably formed part of a desktop set, which included inkwells, letter opener, etc.. We've shown below the flat piece of brass used to make the pentray, before any folding or polishing.
Voysey was adept at using his own designs for several different things. Ie the curved profile with the cut-out heart on the pentray matches bed ends, chair backs, etc.. Length approx. 10"(25cm), although as shown below we have done bespoke sizes for this piece. Please check if in stock, if not it's made to order, so please allow time for this when ordering & for a price.