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Rare pendant is acquired by museum
A RARE pendant made by the Guild of Handicraft in 1899 has been acquired by Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden.
The pendant, a unique creation by designer CR Ashbee, was bought by the museum with the help of the Friends of Court Barn Museum, a grant of £6,400 from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and a £5,000 grant from the Art Fund.
Reflecting the style of the Arts & Crafts movement, the pendant has a central setting of mother of pearl and is surrounded by garnets and amethysts with curving wirework.
Curator Sarah McCormick Healy said: “I’m delighted that, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the friends, the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, this beautiful pendant has been acquired for the museum where it can be admired and enjoyed by all. It’s unique. Ashbee made one-off pieces, he wasn’t mass-producing them. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important.
“The friends organisation has been great. In the past they’ve raised quite a lot of money for us to do things in the museum. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of it.”
Anne Thomas, from the friends, said: “One of the fund-raising events celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ashbee’s birth.
“On May 17 the Friends walked in Ashbee’s footsteps from Chipping Campden to St Nicholas Church, Saintbury. It was a huge success”.
The pendant is now on display in the museum on Church Street.
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