About the John Pearson fact sheet

John Pearson is the most famous metalworker of the English Arts & Crafts movement.

This website is an attempt to bring together the snippets of information we have of his life with examples of his work. It is intended primarily as an information site. I am particularly interested in building up a catalogue of pieces bearing pattern numbers

John Pearson metalwork

John Pearson copper charger (Images courtesy of anonymous)

For further examples, see the gallery of John Pearson's metalwork

Life and Works: John Pearson flourished between around 1890 and 1905. Adopting designs similar to those of William de Morgan, he was a founder member of the Guild of Handicraft. He then moved to Newlyn (possibly for only a short period) before returning to London in his workshop near Tottenham Court Road. For a fuller history see the pages on his life and works.

John Pearson metalwork: John Pearson produced pieces mainly in copper, but also in brass and a couple of pieces in silver. Christies catalogued an example in pewter but I have never seen an example (if you have one, I would love to include it on the site). For examples of his metalwork in various forms and metals, please visit the interactive gallery. Some but not all of John Pearson's metalwork is dated. The site shows examples by year. Pieces are normally dated from 1888 to 1905, with some later pieces.

John Pearson ceramic

Most recently added John Pearson ceramic plate (Images courtesy of Tayler and Fletcher Fine Arts)

For further examples, see the Ceramics Gallery

John Pearson marks: There has been some doubt over John Pearson marks, in particular the manuscript JP initials but also the JP lozenge mark. In my view, all the marks listed on the site on the page dedicated to John Pearson marks belong to John Pearson himself or his workshop (under his supervision). They appear broadly to correspond with date of production. The shortened version of the full signature which I have termed the John Pearson florid initials seems to be used to 1894. After 1894, Pearson pieces, where not fully signed, appear to carry >straight initials or the John Pearson stamp/lozenge mark, or both.

Buying and selling: I have been asked on several occasions if I can sell work on behalf of people. I have an open mind on that at the moment. I am happy to buy good pieces (not plain trays however) but please indicate clearly the price you are looking for. I cannot give valuations.

Contributing images: If you have an example you would like to contribute to the site or have any views on any particular pieces I would love to hear from you. And I would like to thank the people who have contributed information and images to date on the site.

If you have images or information, we would love to hear from you.