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August Adolphe Willms, Figural Centerpiece, circa 1823-1899
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August Adolphe Willms, French 1823-1899, Victorian, Silver Plate Hollow-ware , Figural Centerpiece.
Hallmarked and signed by the artist, sculptor.
This is a very fine work by French artist and sculptor August Adolphe Willms, flawlessly executed in electroplated silver plate by Elkington & Co, of Birmingham, England who pioneered the electroplating process in 1836. The level of detail exceptional....every blade of grass, the large palm tree and palm fronds, every muscle and feature of the Ibis, their feathers all portrayed with great clarity....this is superb example of the creative genius of Willms who was the Art Director of Elkington & Co.
Standing 9" x 8 1/2" , this signed work by August Adolphe Willms is from Elkington & Co., Birmingham, England. Elkington & Co. is and has been, recognized as one of the finest of British Silversmiths, a firm noted for it's prize winning silver designs, and whose work exhibited at International Exhibitions during the mid 1800's won world wide acclaim.
This Exceptional piece would have been used as a Table Centerpiece elegantly set with greenery and flowers, for grand Victorian dinners during the elegant 1800's.
August Adolph Willms was born in France in 1823- 1899. His Illustrious career began as a Sculptor, Designer and teacher of art. With his experience in both France and England he was commissioned by Elkington& Co, as their Art Director/Designer of important works, at a time historically, when the British had an infatuation with what was perceived as French artistic superiority . As Head of the Design Studio at Elkington, until his death in 1899, he designed electroplated versions of Greek, Roman, Renaissance and 18th century pieces ....many of which are displayed within the Fine Arts area of Museums and Galleries around the word
Professor Of Sculpture, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 1890- 1893.
Exceptionally modeled and retaining a wonderful patination, this is a superb group for anyone that collects 19th century sculptures for investment and enjoyment. A very fine work of Art.
Marks : Fully Marked...Elkington & Co, March 1860, an anchor, a shield containing a crown and E & Co., and the letter W inside a diamond for August- Adolphe Willms. Although marked 1860, which was the design creation date, the manufacturing date would have been a year later, 1861...
Condition: Age appropriate, with very minor wear, consistent with a piece of this vintage and does not detract from this magnificent sculpture.
Measurements: 9 1/2"high x 8 1/2"width.
There are many copies of this exceptional work ..however none bear the creative excellence or the superb artistry of the famed August Adolphe Willms.
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