SILVER, SILVER-GILT AND EBONY
One of two coffee-services, each comprising a coffee-pot; a cream-jug; a sugar-bowl with spoon and a stand, each piece octagonal, the coffee-pot with ebonised wood insulators, the cream-jug and sugar-bowl each with loop handles, the stand for the cream-jug and sugar-bowl with gilt wells, the coffee-pot engraved with the Royal coat-of-arms, the cream-jug and sugar-bowl each engraved with the Royal crown
the coffee-pot 28 cm. high
BRIAN ASQUITH (1930-2008)
Brian Asquith was born in Sheffield, first training at the Sheffield College of Arts and Crafts before winning a scholarship to study sculpture under Frank Dobson at the Royal College of Art.
He began to design and produce silver in the mid-1960s, forming the Brian Asquith Design Partnership where he worked with a skilled team of craftsmen, including his own sons, seeking to combine traditional skills with modern production methods, often drawing inspiration from the landscape of his native Derbyshire.
Brian Asquith was a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company. His commissions include chalices and ciboria for Lichfield Cathedral plus important pieces for Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals and St James’s Church, Vancouver. He has also designed the World Champions Tennis Trophies for the International Tennis Federation and candelabra for the Goldsmiths’ Company.