A silver gift from George Bernard Shaw and his Wife.
A small silver Rosebowl, Birmingham 1928, by Barker Brothers Ltd., retailed by Russell of Malvern. The bowl is engraved on the front with a presentation inscription within a garter: ‘Charlotte & Barnard Shaw to H.K. Ayliffe In Friendly Memory of the First Malvern Festival in August 1929.’
George Bernard Shaw lived in Malvern at this period and the first Malvern Drama Festival, opening on the 19th August, was organised by the theatre director Barry Vincent Jackson and dedicated to Shaw. Shaw had married Charlotte Payne-Townsend in 1898.
Henry Kiell Ayliff was one of a leading theatre director in the inter war years, was a friend of the Shaws and directed a number of Shaw’s plays.
The ‘Bernard Shaw Exhibition’ was opened by Edward Elgar at the Malvern Public Library on 17th August. The season of plays was well reviewed in the newspapers, although Ayliff’s productions for the festival were not regarded as his best.
Height – 13.50 cm.; Diameter – 21.80 cm.; Weight – 653 gms.