An Exhibition quality silvered, gilt, champlevé enamel and chryselephantine inkstandby Elkington & Co., circa 1860

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An Exhibition quality silvered, gilt, champlevé enamel and chryselephantine inkstand
by Elkington & Co., circa 1860

£ 4,000 - 5,000
US$ 5,200 - 6,400
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An Exhibition quality silvered, gilt, champlevé enamel and chryselephantine inkstand
by Elkington & Co., circa 1860
the central vase receptacle with hinged cover and ovoid finial revealing a cut glass inkwell and funnel, supported by two bejewelled Indian elephant heads with ivory tusks, the dish with tag plaquette to the underside inscribed published by Elkington & Co. and numbered 948, and also dated to the underside of the rim 1870. 30-4., 27.5cm wide, 23.5cm deep, 20cm high (10.5in wide, 9in deep, 7.5in high).

Footnotes

  • A similar inkstand by Elkington is illustrated in the Catalogue of the International Exhibition, published with the Art Journal, 1862, p.195 and again in the 1873 Vienna Universal Exhibition (see illustration).

    The model exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1862 was produced in silver and gold with champlevé enamel and a finial in the shape of a head. The Art Journal noted The perfection to which Messrs. Elkington have brought the art has only been reached by numerous experiments, and many and costly failures... It may be mentioned as a special feature of enamel-work, that it does not admit of being copied or reproduced by any other method, and hence that it can never lose its rare and costly character.
    Examples of Elkington & Co. champlevé enamel work can be found in the collections of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Literature:
    -John Culme, Nineteenth Century Silver, London, 1977, p.206.

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