A Silver Ewer Fit For a Prince - coming to Glasgow auction


Posted in: Silver
Posted on: 23 December 2014
A Silver Ewer Fit For a Prince - coming to Glasgow auction The Bohemian Boys

The Silver Auction on Tuesday 13th January boasts this stunning silver ewer. The devil is known to be in the detail, and this is certainly the case here. A lovely thing in itself, a true work of art, the ewer is finely detailed with scrolling motifs and stylised foliate designs overall. Central to its detail is the plaque situated below the spout. Reading this plaque is where the devil comes in! It is engraved to Alfred Cornish from The Bohemians 1884. The Bohemians Club was a gentleman’s club founded in 1875 in Melbourne, and became a regular meeting place of journalists, artists and musicians, who shared a love of and interest in the arts in general.
Alfred Cornish came from a good but not extremely wealthy family. For 23 years, Cornish was secretary of the Australia Club as well as honorary secretary of the The Bohemian’s club from 1881 to 1901. Australian judge and friend of Cornish, William Moule, would write, “by nature Alfred Cornish was of the happiest temperament, the dearest friend a man could have and the most capable organiser any one could desire…let us remember his cheery nature, his playful humour and his kindly good will for all mankind - most lovable of men”. This ewer is a celebration of the work of this gentleman and of courses the talents of the silversmith. The story behind it adds to the beauty of the piece and with an estimate of £600-900, the saleroom will likely be keenly awaiting this Bohemian Boys tour de force.

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