A rare  and unusual late 19th century Elkington & Co. ebonised and gilded and slivered electrotype wall clock  the dial signed Elkington & Co, the French movement stamped Japy Freres

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Lot 433
A rare and unusual late 19th century Elkington & Co. ebonised and gilded and slivered electrotype wall clock
the dial signed Elkington & Co, the French movement stamped Japy Freres

£ 2,500 - 3,500
US$ 3,400 - 4,800
Amended
A rare and unusual late 19th century Elkington & Co. ebonised and gilded and slivered electrotype wall clock
the dial signed Elkington & Co, the French movement stamped Japy Freres
the 4.5" signed gilt Arabic dial set within an elaborate mask decorated in relief with a central male profile portrait mask flanked by twin putti, below musical trophies and classical allegorical muses, the corners with rosettes, mounted within an glazed case, the brass twin train movement with platform cylinder escapement striking on a bell, with winder, 51cm high, 42cm wide

Saleroom notices

  • Footnote should read as follow: The firm Elkington & Co. is one of the most important names associated with the production of silver plate in England in the 19th century. Formed as a silversmith in Birmingham in 1836, the business was the creation of its founder George Richards Elkington (1800-1865) who although initially trained as a maker of silver-mounted scent bottles, progressed his career with experiments to improve gilding techniques. By the late 1830's Elkington began to apply the principals of electro-metallurgy to gilding and plating with silver and by 1838 he had discovered and patented a new way to bond silver onto the surface of another metal using electricity. The firm of Elkington rapidly went into the full-scale production of silver electroplated wares and received all important financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 to the extent that the first was known as Elkington, Mason and Co. between 1842 and 1861. As well as marketing all types of electro-plated wares, a lucrative market for recreating famous works of art in metal as well as new ones was developed as these casts were cheaper than bronze casts. By the mid 1840's the Art Journal was praising the quality of Elkington's pieces and their success was sealed at the 1851 Great Exhibition with the help of their two most famous designers, the French nationals Albert Wilhms (1827-1899) and Morel-Ladeuil (1820-1888) who exhibited several elaborate and costly exhibition pieces. Elkington also held Royal Warrants from Queen Victoria, King Edward VI, King George V and King George VI. Works by Elkington & Co. may be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The current lot with its embossed intricate design can be compared to the Milton Shield in the permanent collection of the Victorian and Albert Museum (acc. no. 546-1868). The shield was first produced in silver and damascened iron. Designed by Morel Ladeuil it was exhibited at the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition where it was awarded the gold medal. Editions in electroplate then followed and the museum also have several these copies in their collection. Literature: P. Wardle, 'Victoria Silver and Silver Plate, Barrie & Jenkins, London 1970.
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