Vintage Silverplate Savoy Hotel Bud Vase
Vintage Silverplate Savoy Hotel Bud Vase
Acquired at auction in London, a small collection of gleaming Vintage Silverplate Bud Vases produced exclusively for the iconic Savoy Hotel of London. Sidemarked in cursive script with the famed Savoy name, the handsome vases capture all the graciousness of a time gone by.
Once used in the restaurants and banquet rooms of the hotel, the bud vases were taken out of service in 2007 when the hotel closed its doors for what would become a three year, multi-million dollar renovation.
Whether used for a single stem or a small bouquet, this gleaming vase will be a beautiful addition to any hotel silver collection.
Strictly limited quantities (at listing, a total of 6 vases are available) and subject to prior sale. In excellent restored vintage condition. Measures 6" H x 3.25".
Learn More About The Savoy Hotel
Impressed by the American hotels he had seen at the height of the Victorian Era, theater impresario and entrepreneur Richard D’Oyly Carte decided to build his very own luxury hotel in the heart of London. He specifically selected a plot of land directly next to his celebrated Savoy Theatre.
When its doors opened in 1889, The Savoy set a new standard for technology, comfort, and luxury. The first hotel to be lit by electricity, The Savoy was also the first to feature elevators known at the time as 'ascending rooms'. Guestrooms were connected by speaking tubes to various parts of the hotel, including the valet, maid, and floor waiter. The Savoy later became the first hotel to provide most of its guestrooms with private baths, which became famous for their cascading shower and quick filling bathtub.
Innovative and persuasive, D’Oyly Carte tempted the well-known hotel manager César Ritz to join his new wonder hotel, and he brought in Auguste Escoffier—the leading celebrity chef of his day—to run the kitchens. In the early years, Savoy guests included Sarah Bernhardt and Dame Nellie Melba, for whom Escoffier famously created the “Melba Toast” and the “Pêches Melba.”
The early 1900s were years of extravagance and exuberance for The Savoy, as its grand parties and galas became legendary throughout London. American millionaire George A. Kessler hosted a "Gondola Party," where the central courtyard was flooded to a depth of up to four feet and surrounded by custom scenery. Costumed staff and guests acted as ordinary Venetians touring the city’s famous canals. The two dozen guests even dined in an enormous gondola. After dinner, Italian tenor Enrico Caruso sang, while a baby elephant brought in a five-foot birthday cake.
From its earliest days, the stars of stage and screen have loved The Savoy. Claude Monet and James Whistler both painted or drew views of the River Thames from their Savoy rooms. Other celebrity guests in the hotel's early decades included the future King Edward VII, Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, Lillie Langtry, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson, Errol Flynn, Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Truman, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Josephine Baker, Cary Grant, Babe Ruth, Ivor Novello and Noël Coward.
The hotel kept records of its guests' preferences, so that it could provide for them in advance. For Noël Coward, the staff made history by taking the first photographs of a hotel guest's toilet articles so that they could lay them out in his bathroom exactly as he liked them. They made sure to provide a fireproof eiderdown quilt to Barrymore, as he always smoked while reading in bed.
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh met at the hotel. Princess Elizabeth was first seen with Lt. Philip Mountbatten—the future Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh—at a reception inside The Savoy. And when the Princess became Queen Elizabeth II a few years later, The Savoy threw an incredibly lavish coronation ball in her honor.
Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Maria Callas, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews, Lena Horne, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Elton John, U2, Led Zeppelin, The Who, George Clooney, Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Fry are just a few of the celebrities who stayed there in more recent decades.