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Designed in the ‘Graeco-Pompeian’ manner by A.A. Willms (see below); four claws support the incurved plinths; four scrolled feet hold the circular trumpet form bodies, each of which has four domed panels, separated by foliate strapwork and enamelled panels decorated with anthemions and tendrils, depicting dancing and pipe-playing Satyrs, and Maenads holding tambourines or thyrsi; the lobed collars bearing a presentation dedication to Edmund Sykes Hett (c.f.): over, the necks, enamelled with anthemions, have everted tops, and house silver gilt liners, with Birmingham silver Assay Marks. The feet bear the Birmingham Assay Marks, and date letter for 1862. The undersides bearing the stamped Design Registration date for 1 November 1862. Housed within an oak lidded lockable coffer bearing a plaque reading ‘E.S.Hett Esq.’
Dimensions: H: 12 in / 31 cm W: 11 in / 28 cm D: 9 in / 22 cm
Weight, 7280gr. 234 ounces
Illustrated in J.B. Waring’s ‘ Masterpieces of Industrial Art’ volume 3, published by Day & Sons in 1863, at the command of Queen Victoria. It is to be noted that as Elkington & Co were on the judging committee, they were ineligible to receive prizes, but however, the Jury remarked on the service ‘The dessert service has great merit, …in excellent taste, and the effect is very beautiful’.
‘Report by the Juries on the Thirty Six Classes into which the Exhibition was divided’ London 1863, Class XXXIII, p.4 Official records
‘The Illustrated Catalogue of the International Exhibtion of 1862’ volume 2, pp7-8
By family repute; Elkington & Co, sold to Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd; presented to Edmund Sykes Hett Esq (1832-1901); thence by family descent.
Auguste-Adolphe Willms (1827-99) was one of the many talented French designers who worked for Elkington & Co during the nineteenth century; previously having been employed in Paris by such makers as Jean-Valentin Morel, Christofle and Froment-Meurice. In 1855 he joined Elkington’s design team; four years later he was heading the studio and remained in that position until his death.
|Height||31.00 cm||(12.20 inches)|
|Width||28.00 cm||(11.02 inches)|
|Depth||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|