This is a stunning antique Glasgow School brass wall charger or plaque.
It is made of brass with the most exquisite and highly crafted decoration.
The central field is decorated with a world triad symbol (like a triple ying and yang motif) and around the edge are abstract patterns made up of interlaced Celtic knotwork - the ribbons are very intricately and skillfully delineated - suggesting an attribution to a skilled metalworker such as Margaret Gilmour. Four more raised bosses are included in the border design - and again with the triad symbol carefully applied to each one. The whole border is covered with punched out repousse dots to add a lively textural interest to the border - and helps the charger glisten more in the light. The central area is dipped and forms a shallow bowl-like area - once again all done with such excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.
The charger is in excellent condition with no damages - it retains its original hanging fittings on the reverse and is all ready to just hang on your wall.
It is a nice large item - with a diameter of 19 inches (48cm).
This is a very unusual design and also one which is so beautifully rendered - with a nice wired edge to give it strength and rigidity - and is a sign of quality.
The design of this particular charger is very reminiscent of ones made at the Gilmour Studios in Glasgow. Not all of her work is signed - occasionally a small MG stamp would be introduced to a piece - but a lot of works were not signed or marked.
This charger compares very well with many other pieces Attributed to Margaret Gilmour going through specialist decorative arts sales at national auction houses such as Bonhams and Christies.