Art Nouveau Duck Decanter Hukin & Heath
Blown with Green Glass From our Decanter collection, we are pleased to offer this Silver and Green Glass Novelty Duck Decanter. The Decanter in Novelty form shaped as a Duck with a Sterling Silver head hinged just below the eyes... Read More
John Thomas Heath & John Hartshorne Middleton
Blown with Green Glass
From our Decanter collection, we are pleased to offer this Silver and Green Glass Novelty Duck Decanter. The Decanter in Novelty form shaped as a Duck with a Sterling Silver head hinged just below the eyes for refilling and pouring. The bodies beautifully shaped from blown glass with wings formed as handles. The Duck is hallmarked Birmingham, Sterling Silver by John Thomas Heath & John Hartshorne Middleton (Hukin & Heath). The Duck Decanter dates to the 19th century during the Art Nouveau period and is dated 1898.
Hukin & Heath were important Silversmiths and electroplaters of Birmingham (1855-1953). Established by Jonathan Wilson Hukin and John Thomas Heath. They registered Birmingham marks in 1875 and London marks in 1879. The firm began working in conjunction with Dr. Christopher Dresser in 1877 and have some of their most notable designs have Dresser’s influence.
Sterling Silver is an alloy composed by weight of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness (parts per thousand) of 925.
Art Nouveau was an international style of art and architecture, especially the decorative arts. It was inspired by natural forms such as the curves of plants and flowers. Other characteristics of Art Nouveau were a sense of dynamism, movement and the use of modern materials particularly iron, glass and ceramics to create unusual forms. It was popular between 1890 and 1910 during the Belle Époque period and before the First World War. It was a reaction against the academic art, eclecticism and historicism of 19th century architecture and decoration.
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