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Vase

Tiffany and Co New York 1894.

Limited Edition of 30.

The theme of the decoration on the vase is the wind and the sea. Seven conch blowers arise from the surf and are gathered around the neck of the vase.

  1. Turning the basic shape of the vase in wax on the lathe.
  2. The wax is then carved with the details of the pattern.
  3. The first prototype is cast from the wax.
  4. The vase is then assembled and the seven conch blowers are soldered to the main body.
  5. The finished polished and hallmarked vase.

Gentleman's Travelling Canteen

Attributed to Ebenezer Oliphant 1740.

Limited Edition of 30.

Containing: 2 silver drinking beakers, gilded on insides.
Turned boxwood receptacle for 2 sets of cutlery, container for salt and pepper, corkscrew with nutmeg grinder.
The cutlery, knife, fork and spoon are all in two pieces screwed together for use.

  1. Turning the boxwood insert on the lathe.
  2. The competed boxwood insert showing holes for utensils.
  3. The outer canteen has been 'stopped off' and is ready for gilding.
  4. Gilding completed.
  5. Finished Gentleman's Travelling Canteen.

Griffin Ewer

Originally made in Germany in 1120. The Griffin is a fantastical creature that combines the head and claws of a lion with the wings of an eagle. In antiquity the griffin held a positive image as a protector and guardian. From the 12th century onwards, ewers depicting creatures such as lions and unicorns were very popular. They were made in precious metals. Ewers were vessels used for washing hands.

My 12th scale piece is made in sterling silver and partly gilt. I am making a limited edition of 50 (£360).

  1. Block of wax with tools and drawing.
  2. Jens carving.
  3. Wax, in progress.
  4. First casting in silver.
  5. The finished Ewer.

Creating the Pokal

1. First step of making the master pattern. The Pokal is turned in brass on the lathe.

2. I then carve and engrave the shape and surface decoration.

3. (close-up)

4. Here we have the first casting in Sterling Silver before cleaning up and applying final details.

5. Completed Pokal. It has been Hallmarked and Gilded appropriately.

Latest Limited Edition

Here we have a Herb and Oil box, originating in 1680 in Holland. The interior of the wooden box is divided into 9 compartments with equal number of porcelain flasks. The delicate Japanese porcelain bottles are decorated with vines and plants. The flasks each have a silver neck with a silver stopper. On the bottom of the bottles is the mark VOC. This means Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, in English, United East India Company.

The flasks would have been filled with oils extracted from spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and sandalwood.

The 12th scale Limited Edition is made by 3 craftsmen;
The wooden box is made by Geoffrey Wonnacott. The porcelain bottles are made by Terry Curran and the silver work by Jens Torp.

This is a Limited Edition of 30 boxes.