Large silver-plated 'Battle of the Amazons' charger by Elkington & Co.

By Elkington & Co. (British, founded 1830s)

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Description

Made in the mid 19th century, this exceptional piece of silver plate is decorated with the 'Battle of the Amazons,' a design by Antoine Vechte, first seen in silver at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

A much praised piece, and an early work in electroplated silver by the esteemed, leading Victorian makers Elkington & Co., the magnificent design is immediately striking for the beautiful, flowing forms of the figures and cavalry that populate the busy scene.

A single female figure, contorted and surronded by fallen armour, sits in the central section, around this the main body of the frieze circulates, with exquisitely cast and wrought figures in beautiful Neoclassical style, the intensity of the battle and the physical beauty and athleticism of the figures on full display.

The piece is framed by a circular border with masks, scrolling acanthus, and floral elements. It is marked on the reverse, 'Elkington, 795,' 

Details

Artist / Maker
By Elkington & Co. (British, founded 1830s)
Country of Origin
British, English
Date of Manufacture
c.1850
Period
19th Century
Style
Battle / War, Figurative Art, Mythological, Neoclassical, Victorian
Material
Silver-plate
Colour
Silver

Dimensions

Height
4 cm / 1.6 inches
Diameter
68 cm / 26.8 inches

Reference:
8035a

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