Elkington "The Seasons" Electrotype Charger, circa 1875. One of a pair of chargers made by Elkington to depict the seasons. This one is for the first six months and is identical to the one on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Electrotype copies were authorised by the Department of Science and Art. This one is after the design by Leonard Norel-Ladeuil. He was a French sculptor and influence for many Elkington pieces.
The central boss depicts putti, in relief, around a display of flowers. The border with six relief panels with maidens representing the astrological signs. The middle band with mythical beasts, ringed planets and the first six months.
Features a presentation inscripition, in gothix script around the raised inner rim and is dated 1875.
In excellent condition with light surace wear commensurate with age. Areas of warm copper bleed. The reverse with previous owner details and hanging loops and wire.
Approximate weight is 3.4 kilos.
Approximate dimensions are 53 cm diameter and 3 cm height.