Designs for a decanter
|Architect/Designer||Burges, William (1827-1881)|
|Artist/Photographer||Burges, William (1827-1881)|
|Library Reference||SD181, f.11|
|Subject||Household accessories ; Metalwork|
NOTES: This design, and that at RIBA98763, are found in Burges's album of designs labelled 'Orfevrerie domestique'. The decanter was one of two Burges designed for himself ÔÇô this one paid for with the fees earned from the Crimea Memorial Church competition (never executed). The decanter is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (M.16-1972), where it is described thus: ÔÇ£Its glass body is encased in [silver] mounts inspired by gem-studded medieval book covers, while the animals engraved on the foot are reminiscent of the borders of Gothic manuscripts, and the cover is crowned by a Chinese rock crystal lion ÔÇª the Chinese rock crystal Buddhist lion on the cover is 18th century; the coral cameos are 17th century. The ivory lion's head was based on the pommel of an 8th-7th century BC Assyrian dagger-hiltÔÇØ. It was made by Josiah Mendelson and George Angell.
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