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ANTIQUE COPPER MODEL OF THE MILTON SHIELD BY ELKINGTON

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SKU: RB6648/0121 Category: Tags: ,
SKU: RB6648/0121

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ANTIQUE COPPER MODEL OF THE MILTON SHIELD BY ELKINGTON

ANTIQUE COPPER MODEL OF THE MILTON SHIELD BY ELKINGTON

 

Circa 1869

 

Height: 34 inches / 86 cm
Width: 25¾ inches / 65.5 cm
Stock number: RB6648/0121
Price: SOLD

 

A large antique oval copper model of The Milton Shield by Elkington & Co, Birmingham, after Leonard Morel-Ladeuil, decorated with scenes from John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost”.

 

This example, whilst only a copper version, has an interesting history, as it was given as a presentation and is inscribed PRESENTED TO ROBERT CORKLING Esq BY THE MANCHESTER DEPUTATION TO THE KHEDIVE. JOHN GRAVE MAYOR OF MANCHESTER ALDERMAN BENNETT PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ELKANAH ARMITAGE JAMES McNAUGHTON CAIRO NOV 1869

 

The Milton Shield – a large Victorian shield, oval form, decorated with scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost. The central panel depicts in high relief Raphael and Adam and Eve; to the right and left of this are two panels showing marching and defeated rebel angels, above is God the Father and below the archangel Michael defeating Satan, with a rope work border, signed bottom left Morel-Ladeuil Fecit 1866, and signed bottom right Elkington.

 

The original of this shield became one of the most celebrated pieces shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1867. The French designer, Leonard Morel-Ladeuil, began working for Elkington & Co. in 1859. He was employed specifically to produce large, intricately embossed pieces for presentation and exhibition. Exhibitions encouraged virtuoso displays of design and craftsmanship, quite divorced from industrial design and production.

The original Milton Shield, in silver and iron, took three years to produce. It won a gold medal for the artist and was bought by The Victoria & Albert Museum where it remains on exhibition. At the time, the Art Journal declared of it, ‘There is a general impression that the work…is the best…exhibited during the memorable year of 1867’

 

 

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