Design since 1824

Since 1824 Elkington & Co. have a tradition of collaborating with the worlds leading designers. Our investment in new technologies and processes is mirrored in our choice of creative talent, with both parties working to capture a design zeitgeist.

Many of the classic silverware designs we admire today are a result of these established relationships, from Léonard Morel-Ladeuil to Pugin and Christopher Dresser, all were inspired by our repertoire of techniques, in-turn affording them the knowledge to influence and shape our skill and tradition.

Throughout the 19th century Elkington & Co. were quick to respond to prevailing tastes and styles, investing huge effort in the appreciation of new ideas and the mastering of novel methods. Elkington & Co. were champions of the Japanese style, launching exceptional collections of cloisonné designed amongst others by Auguste-Adolphe Willms.

Each collaboration starts with an invite to our workshop, where the designer acquires a thorough understanding of our craft, processes and techniques, this experience imparts a true understanding into their design process, affording them the knowledge to challenge convention and drive our creative potential.

Christopher Jenner
Christopher Jenner

1971 -

British designer Christopher Jenner works from his studio in London; born in South Africa, he studied Fine art and Design.

Christopher is a passionate supporter of traditional crafts, his design process is centred on materials and relationships. Christopher is inspired by changing the potential of traditional crafts through the use of technology, challenging makers to embrace and align themselves with new techniques, thereby re-positioning their crafts for a new age.

His collection for Elkington and Co. is a new departure for the brand, the minimal less illustrative nature of the collections present a contemporary, functional perspective in silverware.

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2016

WATER JUG

Planished water jug with organic profile Cast handles with wooded insert in Oak and Walnut.

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2016

KINETIC CANDELABRA

A turned monolithic candelabra with four CNC movable arms in Stirling Silver and Silver Plate

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Christopher Dresser

1834 - 1904

Christopher Dresser was the leading British designer of the late 19th century; born in Glasgow he graduated from the Government School of Design.

Dresser was profoundly influenced by the architect-designer Augustus Pugin and the ornamentalist Owen Jones, he was inspired by the botanical world and was an avid supporter of Japanese art. He is often referred to as ‘the father of industrial design’ and was the first independent industrial designer in the sense that he worked for a large and varied number of manufacturers.

In his long career, as well as supplying designs for silver, plate, furniture, ceramics and glass, he designed textiles, carpets and wallpapers for leading firms. Dresser’s grounding in botany whilst a student encouraged his adoption of an analytical, systematic and quasi scientific approach to such topics as colour and proportion.

Dressers designs for Elkington and Co. were truly innovative and emotive, and they stem directly from his love of abstraction.

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1886

KOMAI TEA SET

Silver with Ivory insulators.

Kettle, stand and burner, teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl, tea caddy, tongs.

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1886

CRUET STAND

A pair of Victorian champlevé enamel and electroplate ‘Pompeian’ style wine coolers.

Decorated with terracotta and blue matte enamel, the electrotype bodies with four panels depicting male and female classical figures, raised on four lion paw feet.

LÉONARD MOREL-LADEUIL
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1820 - 1888

Léonard Morel-Ladeuil was a French designer apprenticed to Morel, a manufacturer of bronzes, under whom he became one of the most expert chasers, or ciseleurs, in France, and then to Antoine Vechte, to acquire the art of repoussé, the art in which he was to excel.

He studied further under JJ Fuchre and then attracted the notice of the Comte d’Orsay and the Duc de Morny, through whose recommendation the French government, desirous of popularising the idea of the new Imperialism, commissioned him to produce the Empire Shield.

He remained with Elkington and Co. for twenty-three years in London, the first result being his masterpiece the “Milton Shield: Paradise Lost” (in repoussé steel and silver), which was the sensation of the Paris Exhibition, it was bought thereafter by the English government for £3000.

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1876

PLATE CHARGER

‘A Pompeian Lady bathing’.

Signed and dated Morel-Ladeuil Fecit, 1876. marked Elkington & Co.

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1885

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Chased and embossed with the trial scene from the Merchant of Venice, mounted in an iron frame

Signed and dated Morel-Ladeuil Fecit 1885, marked Elkington & Co.

AUGUSTE-ADOLPHE WILLMS

1827- 1899

Auguste-Adolphe Willms was one of the many talented French designers who worked for Elkington & Co. during the nineteenth century; previously having been employed in Paris by such makers as Jean-Valentin Morel, Christofle and Froment-Meurice.

In 1855 he joined Elkington’s design team; four years later he was heading the studio and remained in that position until his death. His perfume burner (right) was shown at the Vienna Universal Exhibition in 1873. It comes from a series of electro-formed items including vases and plates that Elkington & Co. made and enamelled, inspired initially by a typically eclectic mix of medieval European and early Islamic art but later by Japanese and Aesthetic Movement cloisonné and champlevé enamels.

The perfume burner is from the transition towards more aesthetic styles of the late 1870s but its debt to medieval enamels and Renaissance models is still obvious. One can see, for example, the influence of pieces like the Balfour Ciborium for the arrangement of the enamels and pieces like the Limoges enamel tazza, formerly in the collections of Horace Walpole and William Beckford and acquired by the V&A Museum in 1910.

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1864

DESSERT SERVICE

Silver gilt and champlêvé enamel ‘Pompeian’ dessert service

London International Exhibition

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1870

CRUET STAND

A pair of Victorian champlevé enamel and electroplate ‘POMPEIAN’ STYLE wine coolers.

Decorated with terracotta and blue matte enamel, the electrotype bodies with four panels depicting male and female classical figures, raised on four lion paw feet.