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A rare set of silver condiment holders by Alexander Crichton, naturalistically fashioned into the form of acorns, including 4 salts as cupules with gilt interiors and spoons, each with an acorn finial, 2 pepper pots with removal nut and a mustard pot with a hinged lid, all resting on oak leaf sprigs.
Alexander Crichton produced some of the finest whimsical silver in the repertoire of the English silversmith, seemingly inspired by the drawings of Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” (1865) and “Alice through the Looking Glass” (1872). Crichton’s greatest triumphs are a series of silver mounted glass claret jugs in the form of animals and birds, made by Crichton between 1881 and 1882. The bodies are of glass and the heads and feet are in silver. By 1880 he was in partnership with Charles John Curry, trading as Crichton and Curry. They were listed as designers, modellers and silversmiths and like many in the luxury goods business, they did not survive the severe recession of the early 1880’s. The partnership was dissolved by October 1884 and Crichton was declared bankrupt in December 1886.
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