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Jug: M.9-1990

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Maker(s)

Marks, Gilbert Leigh (Silversmith)

Description

Silver; facetted, lightly hammered sides decorated with a swag of vine leaves, grapes and ribbons

Silver with gilt interior, cast, repousse and chased. Faceted and spot-hammered ovoid body, the shoulders repousse and chased with a swag of vine leaves and bunches of grapes on ribbon tied in bows, slightly domed circular foot with border of stylised leaves and cast harp-shaped handle with shell terminals.

Notes

History note: Commissioned by Miss Challoner's grandfather

Legal notes

Given by Miss Molly Challoner

Measurements and weight

Weight: 860 g
Width: 13.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1990-07-23) by Challoner, Molly, Miss

Dating

Late 19th Century
Victoria I
1898 CE - 1899 1899 CE

Note

Born in 1861 in Croydon, south London (where he remained until his premature death from syphilis), Marks appears to have developed his silversmithing skills in his spare time. In 1896, although still working as ‘something in the City’, he had two assistants, who helped him produce his metalwork and by 1901 was working full-time as a silversmith. His work, in silver and pewter, hammered with tools from both the front and the back to create raised decoration, was praised for its handmade qualities. Most of his pieces were in a naturalistic style, incorporating plants or animals. His obituary in The Burlington Magazine referred to his insistence ‘that the smith must be at once the designer, the artist, and craftsman. Marks would have no dies, no machinery, no repetitions.’ His early death resulted in his significant contributions to the Arts and Crafts movement being overlooked.

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

Components of the work

Interior: composed of gilt To Top Of Handle: Height 30.8 cm
Body: Decoration: Handle:

Materials used in production

Silver

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Gilbert Marks 1899
  • Location: Under the rim, above the hallmarks
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Maker's inscription
  • Text: GM
  • Location: Under the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: Under the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head

  • Location: Under the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark
  • Text: c
  • Location: Under the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1990
Primary reference Number: 119275
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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