Silver and Objects of Vertu
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.
Silver is a fascinating yet both useful and academically rewarding area. 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.
Many items have been offered here from these various collecting fields, offering both the interested buyer and serious academic access to essential pieces of Irish provincial silver or the most functional set of silver goblets to enhance any social occasion.
Past catalogues –
PDF of our December 6th 2016 Catalogue
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18th Century Silver
20th Century Silver
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.
In the Gothic revival style with a globular main body with tapering neck and covered top, held upon a stepped hexafoil foot. The scrolling handle with stylised trefoil terminals, and the cover formed of a truncated conical shape with rope twist thumb piece. The decoration throughout line engraved with leaf like panels and other stylised floral decorative motifs. Marked underneath and to the lid, and to the lid, and 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’
‘In loving memory of his beloved wife, this bottle given to Battersea Chapel College from Samuel Clark, St John the Baptist’s day 1858’
Height: 12inches/30 cm, Width (inc handle): 6 inches/15cm, Weight: 730 grams
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.
Hammer Price: £2000