Elkington & Co ltd English A cloisonné enamel gilt brass vase circa 1876
- Elkington & Co ltd
- brass, enamel
G. A. Scala, Elkingtons and Electro: An Essay, London, 1876
J. S. Ingram, Centennial Exposition Described and Illustrated, Hubbard Bros., Philadelphia [etc.], 1876, p.415
Ingram (op. cit.) noted that the Elkington enamels were superior to the Chinese and Japanese examples presented at the exhibition, commenting that "though also metal-work, [the enamels] were so gorgeous in colors and realistic in design as to approach ceramic productions. In the tall cylinders and vases, with the smaller flower stands and vide-poches, the natural colors of tropical birds and foliage were obtained similar to the ceramic productions, but with this advantage over the latter, that they are imperishable. Examples of this attractive ware were shown in the Chinese and Japanese courts; but the Elkington enamels, besides being more pleasing to the eye, were decidedly superior in manipulation."