A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER NINE-PIECE TABLE GARNITURE
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A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER NINE-PIECE TABLE GARNITURE

MARK OF ELKINGTON AND COMPANY LIMITED, BIRMINGHAM, 1862

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A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER NINE-PIECE TABLE GARNITURE
MARK OF ELKINGTON AND COMPANY LIMITED, BIRMINGHAM, 1862
Comprising a large centrepiece, a pair of oval fruit stands, four circular dessert stands and a pair of small oval dessert stands, each on bracket feet, chased in relief with flowers, foliage, wheat ears and Bacchics masks on matted ground, the centrepiece with raised centre chased with allegorical figures of Summer flanked by two applied figures of a male and female fauns supporting the fluted oval basket on crossed thyrsi, the oval fruit stands with raised centre chased with two bacchanals and applied with two child fauns holding aloft a bowl, the four circular stands with stem formed as a crouching bacchanal faun supporting a dish holder and the pair of small oval stands with dish supported on the arms of two seated fauns, all with later etched shaped glass dish and fitted with wooden bases, marked on hinges, under base, on base rim, finial under basket, basket, basket rim, figures, hinges, bowl holders, liner and nuts
35 ½ in. (90 cm.) long; 13 in. (33 cm.) long; 9 in. (23 cm.) high overall; 5 in. (12.5 cm.) high
weight of weighable silver 5,153 gr. (165 oz. 13 dwt.)

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The centerpiece design is attributed to the French designer Léonard Morel-Ladeuil (d.1888). Morel-Ladeuil studied under Antoine Vechte and worked from 1859 for the Birmingham firm of Elkington and Company. He is chiefly remembered for a number of masterpieces such as the 'Invention Vase' produced in 1853, the 'Milton Shield' of 1867 and the 'Helicon Vase' of 1871. In 1876, at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, Elkington and Company exhibited several dinner and dessert services made expressly for that exhibition. A dessert service, designed by Morel-Ladeuil, and valued at two thousand guineas, was featured in the 1876 Art Journal. The Centennial dessert service may have served as the model for this service produced three years later.

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