A Victorian 'Pompeian' Dessert Service

ELKINGTON (worked from c.1824)

A Victorian 'Pompeian' Dessert Service

1864 Birmingham

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Of six tazze enamelled in blue, red and black with anthemia, the corona on three scrolled guilloche supports, cavetto base with apron and paw feet.
For Elkington, his ‘Graeco Pompeian’ Dessert Service, one of many of his works displayed on the firm’s stand at the London International Exhibition in 1862, proved highly popular, leading to the award of the Exhibition Medal at the London International Exhibition of 1862. In particular, the lightness and originality of the strictly classical design provided Elkington with the ideal opportunity to display the Birmingham firm’s mastery of the traditional skills of the goldsmith’s art combined with its latest technical innovations such as electro-gilding and forming. The Art Journal described the Service in glowing terms, “A very notable feature in the contributions of Messrs Elkington was a magnificent Dessert Service, designed by A Willms, in the Pompeian style, and executed in silver, enriched with enamel and gold”.
The Illustrated Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1862, vol 2, Class XXXIII, pp 7-8; Waring (JB), Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture at the International Exhibition 1862, London 1863, vol 3, plt 211; The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1862, London 1863, p 240; Wardle (P), Victorian Silver and Silver Plate, London 1963, fig 11; Culme (J) Nineteenth Century Silver, London 1977, p.205.
Height 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
External Height 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)
Weight 238.00oz t (7401.80g)
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Silver-gilt and champlêvé enamel
Birmingham 1864
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