Tankard

ca. 1870 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electroplated nickel silver
Brief Description
Tankard, electroplate, Sheffield, ca.1870, made by James Dixon & Sons, designed by Alfred Stevens.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.80cm
  • Length: 11.50cm
  • Width: 8.50cm
Marks and Inscriptions
No marks
Credit line
Given by the Ministry of Works
Object history
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
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.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.138-1953

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record createdMarch 3, 2004
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