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Chafing dish and stand
  • Chafing dish and stand
    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934
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Chafing dish and stand

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1908-1909 (made)
    1908 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised chased and cast with applied gold decoration.

  • Credit Line:

    Formerly in the collection of Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read.

  • Museum number:

    M.46:1-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 7, shelf 2 []

Henry Wilson was one of the outstanding metalworkers to have emerged from the ranks of the architects who turned to the practice of the crafts in the late 19th century. His interest in metalwork started when he was chief assistant to the architect J.D. Sedding. Apart from his jewellery, Wilson was chiefly famous for his Byzantinizing ecclesiastical work. A representative selection was included in the exhibition of Victorian Church Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1971). He deigned comparatively few pieces of domestic silver, but he made two chafing dishes at about the same time, showing one at the Ghent exhibition of 1913 (catalogue number 1020) and at the Paris Exhibition of British Decorative Arts held in 1914 (catalogue number 806). Guthlac Wilson, Henry Wilson's son, lent one of the two dishes to the exhibition, Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Arts, 1952 which was subsequently acquired by the Goldsmiths' Company.

Physical description

Chafing dish, cover and stand: silver, with applied gold decoration. Shallow circular bowl, annulated with applied wires and vine and leaf ornaments. The domed cover similarly decorated, rising to a turreted structure edged with silver mouldings and gilt vines. A figure of a nude woman spinning forms the finial. The stand supported on four tapering legs, lozenge shaped in section, decorated with parallel ivory lines. Between them, cast vines supported on stretchers embellished with rope wires.

Place of Origin

London (designed and made)

Date

1908-1909 (made)
1908 (made)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised chased and cast with applied gold decoration.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1908-09

Mark of Henry Wilson

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Diameter: 30 cm

Descriptive line

Chafing dish, cover and stand, London hallmarks for 1908-09, mark of Henry Wilson

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

Simon Jervis ed. Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Art, The Handley Read Collection, London, Royal Acaemy of Arts, 1972. pp. 101-102. ill. Cat. no. E120. ISBN: 0900946148
George Ravensworth Hughes, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths as patrons of their craft 1919-1953, London, Goldsmiths' Company, 1965, Cat. no. 305. ill.
Helen Clifford ed. 20th Century Silver, London, Crafts Council, 1993. ISBN: 1870145232

Labels and date

2.CHAFING DISH, COVER & STAND
Silver with applied gold decoration
London,1908-9
Mark of Henry Wilson (1864-1934)
Henry Wilson was one of the outstanding metalworkers to have emerged from the ranks of architects who turned to the practice of the crafts in the late 19th century. His interest in metalwork started when he was chief assistant to the architect J D Sedding. Apart from his jewellery, Wilson was chiefly famous for his Byzantinizing ecclesiastical work.
M.46-b,-1972
[02/12/2004]

Production Note

Made in the studio of Henry Wilson with help from his assistants.

Materials

Silver; Gold

Techniques

Raising; Chasing; Casting

Subjects depicted

Female; Vine; Mouldings; Leaves

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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