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Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Pair of French Silver Plated Neoclassical Knife Rests
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of French silver plated neoclassical knife rests, each one holds up to 12 full or dessert size knives. Unmarked.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Oval Silver Plated Monteith Jardinière, French, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oval silver plated Monteith bowl with loop leaf handles. Great as a jardinière or cachepot. Impressed mark on the underside, French, 19th century.
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1860s French Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Antique Neo-classical Silver Plated Biscuit Sweet Box Munsey 1840 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful early Antique Neo- classical Victorian silver plated biscuit box, bearing the makers mark for Munsey Silversmith of Cambridge Circa 1840 in date. This exquisi...
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1840s Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mappin & Webb Cutlery Set for 12 People. England, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Mappin & Webb silver plate cutlery set for 12 people, England, early 20th century. Complete for 12 people. A total of 130 pieces: 12 large knifes, 12 large forks and 12 large spoon...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Christofle Paris, Napoleon I Letter Opener
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Christofle Paris, Napoleon I letter ppener, A fine example this weighty letter opener, adorned with a portrait of a Laurel wearing Napoleon I. The back subtly decorated with the Napo...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mappin & Webb Princess Sheffield Silver Plate Basket with Handle
Located in Miami, FL
Mappin & Webb Princess Sheffield Silver Plate Basket with Handle Offered for sale is an English Sheffield silver-plated reticulated basket with a handle by Mappin & Webb. The basket...
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Mid-20th Century English Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate, Sheffield Plate

Antique W&S Blackinton Silver Plate Trophy Urn Ice Champagne Bucket Cooler
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique W&S Blackinton number 917 fine silver plate trophy urn style ice bucket or champagne chiller with handles and footed base. “ Started by 2 brothers in 1865. W. S. Blackinton C...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

60-Piece Set of Silver Plated Flatware by Christofle Model Chinon
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful set of silver plated table cutlery for 12 people by the French brand Christofle. The name of the model is Chinon. This model was first issued in 1862 and has been in produc...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Tall Neoclassical Electrified Silver Plated Column-Form Oil Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Tall, neoclassical, electrified, column-form oil lamp, England, circa 1880s. Stepped - up square base. 38 inches high Ito top of finial) height is adjustable x 6 1/2 inches wide (at ...
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1880s English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

English Silverplate Tea Urn
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exceptional English silverplate tea urn is the perfect accessory for serving tea, coffee or hot water. The piece exhibits all the hallmarks of the Neoclassical style, from the a...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair of 19th Century English Neoclassical Silver Plate Candlesticks
Located in Pearland, TX
A superb pair of antique 19th-Century English silverplate candlesticks by Hawksworth, Eyre & Co. Hallmarks on base. These lovely candle holders have a Neoclassical design with Corint...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Puiforcat "Cardinal" Six 6 Piece Place Settings Silver Plate (36 pieces total)
Located in Sharon, CT
Offering six 6 piece place settings of Puiforcat "Cardinal". Consisting of six of each: Salad fork 7 1/8", table fork 7 13/16', table knife 10", dinner spoon 7 13/16", Dessert spoon...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Sheffield Silverplate Reproduction Shell Vide Poche or Decorative Dish, England
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A traditional English silverplate Sheffield clam shape dish. This decorative dish would be fabulous used in a powder bath as a soap dish, or as a vide poche on a nightstand. Bo...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair of Silver Plate & Cobalt Blue Glass Oil & Vinegar Cruets by Israel Freeman
By Israel Freeman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine matched pair of oil and vinegar cruets in by Israel Freeman. Consisting of silver plate (on copper) bases and cobalt blue glass bottles and stoppers. Bases marked for Is...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Very Rare Old Sheffield Plated Tea Machine, Made Circa 1790
Located in London, London
Made circa 1790, this outstanding example of an antique old sheffield plate tea machine, features a larger rotating tea urn for refilling the 2 smaller tea urns on each side, which w...
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1790s English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Sheffield Plate

Set of Candelabra and Candelholders, Silver and Gold Plated by Gorham
Located in Melbourne, AU
A magnificent gilt table set, consisting of two three-branch candelabra, and four single candlesticks. The candelabra can be converted to large single sticks by removing the arm. The...
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Circa 1780 Old Sheffield Plate Basket
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Old Sheffield plate basket, neoclassical taste and period. Every technique of stamped and drawn work with engraving is used. Note handle construction. Provenance: Annette Tilford Has...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Sheffield Plate

Victorian Silverplate Creamer by Charles Pilling for Sibray, Hall & Co Ltd
Located in New York, NY
This elegant neoclassical style pitcher was realized by Charles Clement Pilling for Sibray, Hall & Co Ltd in London circa 1900. It features a channeled base and top; a tiered fillet...
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Early 1900s English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mother of Pearl Handled Fish Slice and Fork
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a beautiful set of mother of pearl handled fish slice and fork. The stainless steel blade is engraved with a small floral design. Both the slice and the fork are in very good...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel

Marvelous Christofle Tea and Coffee Set with Ebony Handles
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of five silver plated service, consisting of mocha and teapot with ebony handles, cream jug, sugar tray and tray, on the underside punctured company name, silver plated metal out...
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Gold Plate, Silver

Pair of W.M.F. silver plate jardinière with glass. Germany, circa 1900.
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of W.M.F. silver plate jardinière with glass. Germany, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s German Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Faux Bois Cast Aluminum Silver Apple Design Condiment Platter by Arthur Court
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful cast aluminum condiment platter by Arthur Court. Three small scooped compartments cast together and held by a faux bois handle. Decorated with apples and vines. A great p...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Aluminum

10 Antique Neoclassical Silver Plated Lunch Knives
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The 10 lunch-size knives with neoclassical motifs have antique silver plated handles and new stainless steel blades. The handles are continental silver plate. The blades have these e...
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Early 19th Century Unknown Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate, Stainless Steel

Geo III Painted Tole with Antique Sheffield Gallery and Kaufman Style Portrait
Located in valatie, NY
An exceptional and rare George III painted tole tray with antique Sheffield Gallery and Angelica Kaufman Style Portrait, circa 1790. This tray has large proportions and is finely pai...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate, Tôle

Pair of 20th Century Footed Danish Silver Plate Caster, 3 Pairs Available
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Each of the neoclassical pair of 20th century Danish silver plated salt shakers stand on four acanthus-leafed feet. The surfaces are embellished with undulating ribbing. The bottoms ...
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20th Century Danish Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Decorative Silver Plated Magnify Glass and Letter Opener
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine silver plated desk set consists of a magnify glass and letter opener. These sets were sold at Tiffany's in the 1960s and are fine quality.
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Silver-Plated Writing Set, 19th-20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Writing desk set on rectangular tray with railing openwork and raised on small legs consisting of four tubular inkwells topped with sphinxes, and a centrepiece in silver metal formed...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair Hotel Silver Rams' Head Salts
Located in New York, NY
Pair hotel silver rams' head salts. Pair neoclassical style tripod form silver plate salts with rams' heads terminating in hoof feet with stretcher to central ball finial all beneat...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Coffee Set Tea Set Neoclassical Style Swedish 20th Century Plate Stamped, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A coffee set made during the early 1900s (1902-1903) in Sweden. Stamped CG Hallberg.
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair of Silver Plated Tri-form Griffin Lamps
Located in Hingham, MA
SATURDAY SALE (1/18) Pair of mid-19th century nickel electroplated candle holders which had previously been converted to electric lamps during the first half of the 20th century (pr...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Nickel

Neoclassical Silverplate Decorative Bowl with Stylized Foliate & Floral Motifs
Located in New York, NY
This stunning modernist bowl features a circular channeled base and top; a tiered fillet; and a spherical body with stylized foliate and floral motifs throughout. With its clean mode...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

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