Silver and Objects of Vertu

John Rogers



John has ten years’ experience in collecting and studying silver. His particular focus is on early English silver and post-war design including the work of Christopher Lawrence, Stuart Devlin and Leslie Durbin. John also has the largest known collection of marked silver bodkins which he is currently compiling into a reference text to be completed over the coming years. Having studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths, John holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art. He is a practicing artist and photographer and has exhibited throughout the UK. John has also had his writings published nationally in addition to formerly lecturing at Rochester University, Camberwell College of Art and at Fotomuseum, Switzerland.

Amicie de Villenfagne



Amicie has ten years of experience working for international auction houses, having previously worked as a silver specialist at Bonhams before heading up the Decorative Arts Department for Sotheby’s Brussels. Amicie holds an M.A. in Art History and a degree in Decorative Arts. Her main area of expertise is continental silver.

The next Silver and Objects of Vertu auction will take place on Wednesday 19th July

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Silver is a fascinating and rewarding collecting area; both practical and academic. From elaborate dining table silver to the most intricate of gold boxes and obscure rare hallmarks, this field offers much to enjoy and engage with.

Catering to our discerning clientele, items offered at Chiswick Auctions are drawn from across various collecting fields. From utilitarian silver goblets to excellent examples of Irish provincial silver, the auctions continually offer a good variety of key areas of interest.


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March 2016                                                         June 2016                                                     July 2016                                                September 2016                                           December 2016


Sale Highlights


The Harington Inkstand by Paul Storr,  A very rare William IV silver inkstand, London 1836

The depiction of Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite the messenger of the sea with two mer-tails for each leg is seen similarly in Bernini€’s Fontana del Tritone of 1642-3. A version of Triton, in this instance with human legs but of similar stance and shell form is found in €’Triton blowing a conch shell€’ Adriaen de Vries c.1615-8 in the Rijksmuseum. A design for salts by Paul Storr of 1813[1] showing Triton with bi-tailed lower half supporting a conch shell was modelled by Edward Hodges Baily (1788 €- 1867) based upon Thetis returning from Vulcan with arms for Achilles by William Theed the elder (1767 €- 1817). Christopher Hartrop notes on €”…[t]he addition of shells and other nautical motifs, symbolic of Venus, gave expression to the ancient maxim that without food and wine, love withers”.

The sea provided the inspiration for much of the decoration of the imperial style, alluding not only to Venus but also to Britain€’s sea faring might €¦€[2] The Grand Service created in 1826/7 for George IV by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell had tureens described as ‘4 richly chased gilt shell pattern Soup Tureens supported by Sea Horses with Triton handle€’. The handle in question bears strong resemblance to that on this inkwell showing a youthful Triton with a bi-tailed lower half, however blowing a conch shell with both arms. This design of inkwell is seen in an earlier incarnation by Storr of 1829, bearing the same Triton figure and overall design but lacking the scallop shell feet seen present here.

Provenance €- from the family collection of the late Sir Nicholas Harington (1942 -2016), 14th Baronet Harington of Ridlington, co. Rutland [E., 1611], uncle to contemporary actor Kit Harrington.€


[1] P. 71 Hatrop, C., 2015. Art in Industry The Silver of Paul Storr.Cambridge. John Adamson.

[2] Ibid, P. 70


£8500 (Hammer)



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An Important and Unrecorded Antique Victorian Silver gilt Gothic ecclesiastical flagon



marked for London, 1857, by John Kieth (registered 1848), the design attributed to William Butterfield.

The underside of the foot engraved in Latin with an inscription reading:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘In piam memoriam coningrs carissimae hanc ampullam Capellae collegn batterseien sis D D D Samuel Clark die St Joannis Baptistae A.D mdrrrlvin’

Translated:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘In loving memory of his beloved wife, this bottle given to Battersea Chapel College from Samuel Clark, St John the Baptist’s day 1858’

St John’s College, Battersea, founded in 1838 by James Key Shuttleworth, was the first teacher training college in England. It had extensions throughout the 19th Century including its chapel, designed by architect William Butterfield. Nearly all of the college buildings were demolished in 1930. The institution still survives and moved to Plymouth in 1973. It is now known as the University of St Mark and St John.

£2000 (Hammer)