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William Elliott (1762 - 1854) A Set of Four William IV Sugar Vases with Covers and Sugar Sifters

London, 1835-38
Maker’s mark of William Eaton

Height: 24.1 cm, 9 ½ in.
Weight: 2660 g, 85 oz 10 dwt

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Silversmith Biography

Son of William Elliott of Warwick Lane, London plateworker, apprenticed to Richard Gardner of Silver Street Golden Square Middlesex goldsmith, Citizen and Goldsmith on payment of £7. Free, 1 April 1795. Mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with J.W. Story, 6 October 1809. Address: 25 Compton Street, Clerkenwell. Second mark, alone 7 September 1813, same address. Described as silversmith in the apprenticeship to him of James Parkin, 6 October 1819 at the same address, and still there 1823 (apprenticeship of John Evans) and 5 January 1825, when his son Richard William was also bound to him. Livery, January 1822. Died 1854.


Each on a scalloped edge stand with engraved segmented border decoration of scales, lozenges, and leaves. Raised on three cast boar-form feet, the vases each chased with foliate scrolls, grotesque masks, and festoons of fruits and vegetables, the rim similarly decorated to that of the stand. The covers with coronet finials, the pierced sugar sifters and stand each marked with a crest and coronet.

The crest is that of John Campbell, 2nd Marquess Breadalbane. Born in Dundee, Campbell was a Scottish nobleman, styled Lord Glenorchy until 1831 and Earl of Ormelie from 1831 until he succeeded to the marquessate in 1834. He was a Liberal politician, sitting as a Member of Parliament from 1820 to 1834 and entering the House of Lords thereafter, serving as Lord Chamberlain.

A Set of Four William IV Sugar Vases with Covers and Sugar Sifters (1762 - 1854) Reference: DT22.54.3