ARTISTIC TASTES

At the close of the century it would almost appear as if the artists were in the ascendant, and the culture they introduced in their respective crafts permeated through-out the different trades to which they were merely allied-incidentally it may be pointed out that the alliance between household furnishings and table appointments of which silver formed so important a part was at that time closer than it had ever been. Ceramic art has always kept in touch with metal work, and very much shown in the craftsmanship of silversmiths and pewterers. In the early days of civilised life, silver and other metals took the place of crude pottery, and the metal workers improved upon the designs of the potter. Then towards the close of the eighteenth century potters and glass workers made accept-able wares which served the households of the middle classes and others better than metal, and to some extent they copied silver designs and improved upon their ornamentation. It was at that time that Josiah Wedgwood, and Flaxman, the famous artist associated with him, brought ceramic ornament to such a high state of perfection, and much of the silver ware of that period corresponded with it in design, and appropriately engraved, so that when used together in the dining hall there was perfect harmony and good taste in the combined use of pottery and silver.