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Leslie Durbin, English Gilt Sterling Silver Figural Gravy Boat, London, 1969/70

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A wonderful piece of figural silver, this gravy boat features a boldly cast handle in the form of a mermaid. The cast and applied foot spreads outwardly as realistically cast coral. The body of the gravy boat is hand raised and has a beautiful shimmering hammered surface.

Leslie Durbin is considered one of Britain's great mid-century silversmiths. After working as an apprentice and then journeyman for the important arts & crafts master Omar Ramsden, Durbin continued his training with a scholarship from the Goldsmiths' Company when he studied modelling . This is where he excels, as can be clearly seen in this outstanding piece. His work can be found in many British museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

This stunning gravy boat measures 7.5 inches long and 5.9 inches high. It weighs an exceptional 21.8 troy ounces and is in excellent condition. It has never been monogrammed.