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Antique Piccadilly Hotel London Silverplate Dish

Antique Piccadilly Hotel London Silverplate Dish

$325.00

Piccadilly! shops, palaces, bustle and breeze
The whirring of wheels, and the murmur of trees,
By daylight, or nightlight, - or noisy or stilly,
Whatever my mood is I love Piccadilly.

 

Built in 1908 as one of London's most luxurious hotels, The Piccadilly Hotel was known as a "Twentieth Century Palace".  Sitting majestically between the fashionable Regent Street and Piccadilly, the hotel was designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw, in a Neo-Baroque style based on 17th-century English Palladian architecture. 

The Grand Hotel had nearly 300 bedrooms, massive restaurants, four Masonic temples, a grill room and ran like a well-oiled machine with a staff of over 650.  It had its own generator which supplied all its electricity and its water came from an artesian well which had been dug 400 feet down - thus ensuring that the guests did not have to drink the oft-tainted London city water supply.

The hotel was archetypal of the high Edwardian style, becoming immediately famous for its lavish spending and subsequently enjoying the royal patronage of not only visiting European nobility, but also King George V.

Today the hotel is owned by the Le Méridian Group and has been given the name Le Méridian Piccadilly.  It continues to represent the great tradition of Grand European Hotels.

Produced in 1908 as part of the opening silver order for the glorious Piccadilly Hotel, we are thrilled to present this magnificent Antique Silverplate Dish made by the venerable British silversmiths of Elkington Silver Company.  Used by the hotel as a bread dish, this exquisite antique treasure has an elegantly undulating top rim enhanced with a decorative pierced border. Along the bottom edge of the dish an applied reed and ribbon border represents the kind of attention to detail that made the Piccadilly Hotel such an icon of style and service. On the side of the dish, the hotel's regal crest of a crown above a furled ribbon bearing the hotel name, celebrates the hotel's royal patronage.

Classic in silhouette, the sauce boat bears the heft and restrained elegance that are hallmarks of quality hotel silver. Bottom-stamped with the Piccadilly Hotel London name, this piece is sure to serve you and your guests with the same elegance as it did in that most-famous of hotels.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good antique condition with discreet signs of wear and age from a life of service in a Grand Hotel. 11" x 7.5" x 2"H.

Learn More about Hotel Silver

Once found in Grand Hotels, chic cafés, elegant restaurants as well as luxury steamships and the dining cars of the great locomotives, vintage hotel silver beautifully evokes the Golden Age of Travel. Enduringly crafted using sturdy nickel silver as its base metal and coated with a thick plating of pure, gleaming silver, vintage hotel silver is unmistakeable for its simple, classic lines and its pleasing heft. Often crested with the name of the establishment, the pieces bear the gentle, lovely patina often referred to as a “butler’s finish”.

Produced by the great silversmiths here in the United States, as well as those in Britain and on the Continent, most hotel silver dates from the 1920s to the 1940s. Prized for its perfect blend of form and function, hotel silver was made to withstand the rigors of daily use. Highly collectible, vintage hotel silver is a wonderful addition to any home.

Evoking the days of elegant travel, there are many new ways that hotel silver can be enjoyed. A milk pitcher or sugar basin makes an elegant vase for flowers or fresh herbs on the kitchen counter. A collection of oval platters adds sparkle and depth in a hutch when not being called into service for a buffet or dinner party. A toast rack becomes the perfect way to display photographs, hold fingertip towels in a powder room or organize mail in the office. Mix and match cutlery brings a relaxed sophistication and elegance to any tablescape. Whatever the piece, vintage hotel silver is sure to stir memories not only of your own travels, but of exotic destinations and ports of call from parts unknown.

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