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Tankard

Tankard

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
    James Dixon and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Ministry of Works

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.138-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Alfred Stevens (1817-1875) was a painter, sculptor and designer. He was the son of a decorator and coach painter. He studied art in Italy on funds subscribed by friends, including a year in Thorwaldsen's studio between1833-1842. In 1845, he was appointed Assistant Master at the Government School of Design, Somerset House. He was employed by Henry E. Hoole & Co. of Sheffield to design grates etc. which were exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851. There collected around him a group of followers, including Godfrey Sykes, Reuben Townroe, James Gamble and Hugh Stannus. In 1852, he returned to London and worked on public and private commissions until his death, including the Wellington Memorial in St. Paul's and the decorations of Dorchester House.

Physical description

Tankard, electroplated nickel silver, in the form of a banded drum on three ball feet, the C shaped handle cast in the form of a figure of Mercury and soldered to the side.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)

Date

ca. 1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
James Dixon and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

Dimensions

Height: 9.80 cm, Length: 11.50 cm, Width: 8.50 cm

Object history note

Given by the Ministry of Works. Made by James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield for use in the original restaurant of the V&A Museum.

Silver City Exhibition RF.2006/131

Historical context note

Alfred Stevens was a painter, sculptor and designer. Born in Blandford Forum, Dorset (01/12/1817), died Hampstead (01/05/1875). He was the son of a decorator and coach painter. He studied art in Italy on funds subscribed by friends, including a year in Thorwaldsen's studio, 1833-1842. In 1845, he was a ppointed Assistant Master at the Government School of Design, Somerset House. Employed by Henry E. Hoole & Co. of Sheffield to design grates etc. which were exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851. There collected around him a group of followers, including Godfrey Sykes, Reuben Townroe, James Gamble and Hugh Stannus. In 1852, he returned to London and worked on public and private commissions until his death, including the Wellington Memorial in St. Paul's and the decorations of Dorchester House.

Descriptive line

Tankard, electroplate, Sheffield, ca.1870, made by James Dixon & Sons, designed by Alfred Stevens.

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Spinning; Casting; Electroplating; Soldering

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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