Superb Elkington, silver plated teapot by celebrated designer Eric Clements (c1960) with ebonised wooden handle and ribbed knob on detachable lid. See V&A website (collections.vam.ac.uk) for a similar example. Measures 15cm high by 23cm wide.
Eric Clements was born in 1925. He studied at the Birmingham College of Art and the Royal College of Art (1949-1953). In 1968 he was awarded a Ford Foundation E.S.U. Fellowship to the U.S.A. Shortly after graduating he won two competitions sponsored by the Goldsmiths' Company; the first in 1954 for the Coronation plate for Southend and the second in 1956 for a jewel for the Mayor of Bolton. He has executed a number of ceremonial commissions throughout his career, for example a coffee set from H.M. The Queen for the Queen of Denmark (1957), and the sword of office for the Chief of the Air Staff, R.A.F. (1959). He was a consultant designer for Mappin and Webb Ltd. and other industrial concerns, as well as becoming head of the Industrial Design School at the Birmingham College of Art (Ref: V&A website).
Very good – electroplate is in lovely condition, no dents or significant scratches on teapot body, handle is slightly out of its mount but is still rigidly attached.
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