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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
Object Number
2013.82.1
People
Manufactured by Elkington & Co., British (1824-1968)
Title
Vase
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1876
Culture
British
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/349678
Location
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
Medium
Enamel on gilt metal; gilt metal stand
Dimensions
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
Provenance
[Bonham's, London, July 6, 2011, lot 228, withdrawn].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
2013
Object Number
2013.82.1
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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