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Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880

Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Silver Plated Giraffe Desk Set James Deakin & Sons C 1880 | Ref. no. 09456 | Regent Antiques
Ref:09456
Price: £375.00
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This is a magnificent novelty silver plated desk set, circa 1880 in date.

The desk set bears the mark of James Deakin & Sons, Sheffield.
 
The desk set comprises of an unusually shaped tray which stands on four attractive figural birds feet. 

The centre of the desk set features a striking textured silver plated giraffe. The giraffe is standing beautifully alongside a candlestick which is modelled as a textured silver plated oak tree. 
 
The desk tray has 
twin glass and silver plated ink pots, and a pen stand in the shape of crossed branches.
  
This is a highly decorative set which will make a statement once placed on any period desk.

 
Condition:
 
In excellent condition, with no dents, demage or repair and only minor signs of wear commensurate with age and use. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 28 x Width 24 x Depth 17

Dimensions in inches:

Height 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 7 inches

James Deakin & Sons - The firm was founded in Sheffield by James Deakin in 1866.

The first mark was entered by the firm in Sheffield Assay Office on 31 January 1878. It was a "JD" over "WD" and, possibly, represented the partnership of James Deakin and his son William Pitchford Deakin. The firm was active at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield.

In 1886 two further sons entered in the partnership, John Deakin and Albert Deakin, and the firm was then known as James Deakin & Sons.
Further marks were entered in London Assay Office 1888 by William and John Deakin (subsidiary offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct, London), Chester and Birmingham. Further offices and showrooms were opened at Gardiner House, 14 Charterhouse Street, London, 34 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow and 7 Queen Street, Belfast.
After the retirement of James Deakin (1893) the business was continued by his sons William, John and Albert.
In 1897 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style James Deakin & Sons Ltd.

The firm was the proprietor of Shaw and Fisher, Electro-plate Manufacturers (established 1835) and of Walter Latham & Son, Sterling Silver & Electro-plate manufacturers (established 1874).

To avoid any confusion with the production of another Sheffield manufacturer having the same initials JD&S James Dixon & Sons the firm used in its silverplate production a figural trademark representing a 'desk bell' often interpreted as a 'lamp'. Likewise, Dixon used a figural trademark registered in 1879 representing

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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