- Gallery Text
The British metalsmithing firm Elkington & Company used a new and, for the time, cutting-edge technology to produce these vases. The base and body of each vessel were electroformed, a process that activated an electrical charge to deposit base metals into a mold. Once this work was complete, the vases were painstakingly enameled by hand in the Japanese style.
This blend of new technology and traditional hand skill — a combination that the manufacturer promoted as an amalgam of “artistic taste and chemical cunning” — found a ready audience in America. Enameled vases like these received great acclaim at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, where they were exhibited as part of the Elkington & Company display.
- Identification and Creation
Level 2, Room 2100, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Centuries of Tradition, Changing Times: Art for an Uncertain Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Enamel on gilt metal; gilt metal stand
- 35.9 x 13.4 cm (14 1/8 x 5 1/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- inscription: inscribed on vase: Elkington & Co.; stamped on bottom of stand: ELKINGTON & CO. / 337
- [Bonham's, London, July 6, 2011, lot 228, withdrawn]. [Sinai and Sons, London] sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Exhibition History
32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Related Works
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