Designs for a decanter

RIBApix ref no RIBA98763
Architect/DesignerBurges, William (1827-1881)
Artist/PhotographerBurges, William (1827-1881)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1865
Image Date1863
StyleGothic Revival
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSD181, f.11
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes 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 – 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: “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 … 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-hilt”. It was made by Josiah Mendelson and George Angell.

Subject tags

metalwork, household accessories