Dish or charger showing the Tree of Knowledge
John Pearson (active 1885-1910)
Museum no. M.20-1976
This salver is decorated in the centre with an apple tree encircled by a serpent. Below the tree in Greek characters is the inscription 'The Tree of Knowledge'.
John Pearson was the first metalworker of the Guild of Handicraft founded by C.R. Ashbee at Toynbee Hall in the east end of London in 1888. Pearson was a skilled craftsman and designer, specializing in decorative repoussé work (the design on the front is shaped from the reverse side). Pearson finally left the Guild in 1891 to work on his own, having already once been dismissed and re-instated to the Guild for working for William Morris in his spare time.