Shell dish

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by William Burges (1827-81)

    The manufacture attributed to Jes. Barkentin (fl. circa 1862-circa 1932-35)

  • Detail

    Mother of pearl, with metal inclusions, and silver

    19 cm (wide)

    Chinese (the shell) and English, 1871

  • Provenance

    William Burges

  • Inscribed

    ‘I AM MADE OUT OF THE PROCEEDS OF WRITINGS BY W. BURGES FOR THE ARCHITECT MDCCCLXXI’

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    Burges owned a second silver-mounted shell (also dated 1871). ¬†This was sold at Sotheby’s (London), 2 May 1985, lot 116; it was susequently in the collection of Sir Elton John, and is now in an English private collection.