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Champagne goblet
  • Champagne goblet
    Durbin, Leslie, born 1913 - died 2005
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Champagne goblet

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1950-51 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durbin, Leslie, born 1913 - died 2005 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Aeneas John McDonnell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Leslie Durbin (1913-2005) who designed and made champagne goblets trained at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and was subsequently apprenticed to Omar Ramsden. He became one of the most important silversmiths practising in Britain in the years following the Second World War. He had an illustrious career which culminated in a major retrospective exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Company in July, 1982.

Physical description

Goblet, silver, the interior of the bowl, gilt, one of a set of six. The hemispherical bowl with an everted rim rests on a circular, flared and fluted foot with a reeded edge around the base.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1950-51 (made)


Durbin, Leslie, born 1913 - died 2005 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel gilt

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved on the body with the crest of Aeneas John McDonnell
John McDonnell commissioned this set of six goblets from Leslie Durbin. He subsequently gave them to his friend John Lowe, who passed them on to his son Dominic.

London hallmarks for 1950-51

Mark of Leslie Durbin


Height: 9.1 cm, Diameter: 9.1 cm

Object history note

Given in memory of Aeneas John McDonnell

Descriptive line

Silver, parcel-gilt, London hallmarks for 1950-51, mark of Leslie Durbin.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hare, Susan Leslie Durbin, Fifty Years of Silversmithing, London, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1982

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Silver; Gold


Raising; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Reeding; Fluting


Drinking; Metalwork

Production Type

Unlimited edition


Metalwork Collection

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