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Anthony ElsonAnthony Elson

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Anthony Gordon Elson: born 1935 Worthing, Sussex. Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

1956 trained under Dunstan Pruden at Brighton College of Art where he received a diploma.
1960 to the Royal College of Art with a BA and Silver Medal for geometrical decoration in 1963 and in 1964 received a travelling bursary. Worked for William Comyns Ltd. 1964-68 where he was introduced to the production techniques that governed commercial viability. He went to Geneva and Tiffany's factory in New York. 1968 bought Blunt & Wray, an old established ecclesiastical manufacturer which produced mainly brass churchwork but had a small silversmithing workshop. By 1976 the company employed 25 producing Elson's designs, the domestic silver production subsidising the ecclesiastical business. He aimed at mass production through retailers and a fine jug (1972) and cigarette box (1974) in the Goldsmiths Company collection illustrates his work. With the decline of the ecclesiastical market and tough economic climate of the late 1970's he appointed a liquidator in 1981 and this side of the business was sold to A E Jones in Birmingham. In the same year he formed Anthony Elson Silversmiths establishing a successful design and prototype workshop in Clerkenwell, London, working with freelance specialists, concentrating on individual silver commissions.
In 1979 he edited a book published by the NAG "A Silversmith's Manual" by Bernard Cuzner. Elson has been the Chairman of the Council for Craft at the Goldsmith's Company and also served on the Council of City of London Guilds. Many prominent commissions from the City of London, London Stock Exchange, City livery companies, universities, corporations, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and the King of Nepal. Has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and the Middle East. His work can be found in many private and institutional collections.
In 2002 he moved his studio and workshop to Sussex where he continues his commssioned work. He is currently developing a new technique to colour silver with stunning results.

Personal Statement
With a thorough understanding of the craft and concern about the diminishing range of skills within the industry, my designs endeavour, when interpreting the wishes of my patrons, to combine these rare skills with imagination.
 



ANTHONY ELSON Silver Candlesticks

London 1977
Designed by Anthony Elson
for Garrard
Height: 23cm
Diameter: 8½cm

£950

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ANTHONY ELSON Silver Candlesticks

ANTHONY ELSON Set of Six Silver GobletsANTHONY ELSON Set of Six Silver Goblets

London 1972

Height: 17cm

£2400

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ANTHONY ELSON 10 Silver Wine Goblets

10 Silver Wine Goblets
Anthoy Elson/Garrard & Co Ltd
London 1972 (1 -1973)
Height: 17.5 cm

£3950 


ANTHONY ELSON 10 Silver Wine Goblets

ANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver GobletsANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver Goblets

Pair Silver Goblets
Anthony Elson
For Garrard & Co
London 1977
Height: 13 cm

£495 pair
 



ANTHONY ELSON Silver Water/Wine Jug

Silver Water/Wine Jug
Garrard & Co Ltd
London 1972
Height: 24.5 cm

£4750

Engraved to base: Designed by Anthony Elson

An identical example is in The Goldsmiths' Company modern silver collection. 


ANTHONY ELSON Silver Water/Wine  Jug

ANTHONY ELSON Silve Mounted Claret JugANTHONY ELSON Silve Mounted Claret Jug

Silve Mounted Claret Jug
Anthony Elson
London 1981
Height: 32 cm

£1250 



ANTHONY ELSON Silver Gilt Bell

Silver Gilt Bell
Garrard & Co
London 1984
Height: 9.5 cm

£250

Engraved inside bell: Designed by Anthony Elson for Garrard & Co London

Engraved around bell: The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club Centenary 1884-1984

Limited edition No. 21  


ANTHONY ELSON Silver Gilt Bell

ANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver CoastersANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver Coasters

Pair Silver Coasters
Anthony Elson
London 1983
Diameter: 9.5 cm

£395

Engraved to centres with Lion & Tower logo
Engraved to bases: Presented to J N McCance Esq., Member of Council 1982-1984

Retailed by Hennell, Frazer & Haws

Maker's mark H over AE in a trefoil - a joint mark registered for work done by Elson for Hennell. 



ANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver Gilt Bristol Claret Jugs

Pair Silver Gilt Bristol Claret Jugs
Anthony Elson
London 1973
Height: 31.5 cm

£1750 Pair

Limited Edition to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the City of Bristol
With Bristol Assay Office Mark

Top and handle chased by Anthony John Law 


ANTHONY ELSON Pair Silver Gilt Bristol Claret Jugs

ANTHONY ELSON 8 Silver Wine GobletsANTHONY ELSON 8 Silver Wine Goblets

8 Silver Wine Goblets
Anthony Elson
London 1973
Height: 17.5 cm

£2950

Also with Bristol city assay mark
Bristol 1373-1973 Commemorative Goblets
Limited Edition 



ANTHONY ELSON Silver Cruet

3 Piece Silver Cruet
Anthony Elson
London 1969/70
Height pepper: 8.5 cm

£695

In original box - retailed by George Tarratt Leicester 


ANTHONY ELSON Silver Cruet

Pair Silver CoastersPair Silver Coasters

Pair Silver Gilt Coasters
Anthony Elson
London 1973
Diameter 18 cm

£895 pair

Limited Edition: 600th Anniversary of the City of Bristol
1373-1973
With Bristol Assay Office Mark 



Three Piece Silver Cruet

Three Piece Silver Cruet
Anthony Elson
London 1970-3
Height pepper: 8.5 cm
Diameter Salt: 6.5 cm
Retailed by George Tarratt


£695 


Three Piece Silver Cruet

Anthony Elson Silver Claret JugAnthony Elson Silver Claret Jug

Silver Calret Jug
Anthony Elson
London 1973
Limited Edition to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the City of Bristol
With Bristol Assay Office Mark

No. 50 Royal Brierley Crystal

£895

Top and handle chased by Anthony John Law 



Silver Goblet

Silver Goblet
Anthony Elson
London 1972
Height: 17.5 cm

£295 


Silver Goblet

Silver Bird BoxSilver Bird Box

London 1973
Anthony Elson
Pencil drawing of bird - Wheat Ear?
Suede lined

£250
 



Silver Wine Taster

London 1977
Anthony Elson
Made for Hennell
Diameter: 11cm

£295


With special makers mark
for Anthony Elson at Hennell
and Silver Jubilee Mark

 


Silver Wine Taster

Silver Wine TasterSilver Wine Taster

London 1978
Anthony Elson
Limited Edition for the Heritage Collection
Length: 12cm
£275

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Silver Bowl

London 1966
Anthony Elson
Diameter: 9cm
Height: 8½cm
£350

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Silver Bowl

Silver Cream JugSilver Cream Jug
London 1966
Anthony Elson
Height: 10cm
£250

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Silver Caddy Spoon

London 2009

Anthony Elson

Length: 10cm



This caddy spoon has been designed exclusively for Styles Silver who commissioned it's design for British Silver Week 2009

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Silver Caddy Spoon

Patterned Silver Salts 2009Patterned Silver Salts 2009

Anthony Elson's current work is highly sculptural and intensely hand-crafted.

In their intense polychrome decoration these pieces pay homage to the great standing salts of Tudor England, but their mixture of matt and polished textures puts it firmly in the contemporary era.

Recently on display at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

'Silver with a Pinch of Salt'
London 30 March - 25 April 2009

British Silver Week Launch 2nd June 2009

These innovative salts will be shown at Styles Silver during British Silver Week and commissions will be taken.


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Patterned Silver Salts 2009

Tall Open Salt/Mustard with glass liner
Spiral wave pattern on dark ground with blue bloom
Height: 140 mm
Base Diameter: 100 mm



Tall Open Salt/Mustard with glass liner Gold and black pattern
Height: 138 mm
Base Diameter: 105 mm




Low Open Salt/Mustard with glass liner Silver bead pattern on blue ground
Height: 45 mm
Diameter: 83 mm



 


Patterned Silver Salts 2009

Silver Gilt Spoon with 2 Black StonesSilver Gilt Spoon with 2 Black Stones


Length: 120mm



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Silver Spoon


Length: 103mm



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Silver Spoon

Bird Tea CaddyBird Tea Caddy

A recent commission for someone who likes birds and also two different types of tea.


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