Is this Elkington kettle the earliest provable Christopher Dresser design for electroplated silver?
Although not manufactured until 1884, the
kettle's pattern number 10272 places the design to 1866-67 and
contemporary with the 1865 copy of The Building
News which records Elkington's first experiments with Dr
Dresser's electroplated silver designs.
In short it pre-dates by more than a decade the
iconic Hukin & Heath and Dixon & Sons designs of 1878-79
and Dresser's 1876-77 trip to Japan that is often cited as the
turning point in his design philosophy.
The possibly unique teapot, sourced from a
private collection, carries an estimate of £15,000-20,000 at
Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on June