Silver-plated tray by Elkington & Co. for Trinity College, Dublin

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

£2,500

This superb electro-plated silver tray was produced by the pioneering Victorian silversmiths Elkington & Co. to commemorate an award granted by the Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.

 

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Description

This silver-plated tray was produced to commemorate the Provost’s Prize of Trinity College, Dublin in 1871. The tray’s purpose is made clear by the inscription at its centre: “Dublin University Athletic Sports 1871 / Provost’s Prize / 7 Mile Walking Race / Won by H. C. Hart.”

The tray is of oval form and features a large central circular relief of Zeus enthroned with an eagle and kneeling attendant by his side. This central panel is surrounded by the aforementioned inscription, which is in turn surrounded by a series of panels depicting various scenes from Classical antiquity. The curved profile of the lip of the tray features several cartouches, each of which depicts a moment from a Classical or mythological battle scene, which complements further the sporting achievement the tray commemorates. The decorative scheme is rich and detailed: the relief scenes are wrought beautifully and are interspersed with scrolling motifs and Classical masks.

The tray is stamped E&Co. for Elkington & Co.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Elkington & Co. (British, founded 1830s)
Country of Origin
English
Date of Manufacture
1871
Period
19th Century
Style
Classical, Sporting, Victorian
Material
Silver-plate
Colour
Silver

Dimensions

Height
4 cm / 1.6 inches
Width
63 cm / 24.8 inches
Depth
48 cm / 18.9 inches

Reference:
16229

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