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Four ashtrays, chromed and used by Sir Edward Elgar


The four fine ashtrays featured here were the property of Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Music in 1924. Regarded as a pure representative of the Victorian and Edwardian era, Elgar gained much popularity during the turn of the century. However, after World War I and with the changes in public taste and political atmosphere that occurred, Elgar’s works quickly lost their popularity, resulting in nearly complete neglect from ca. 1920 and onwards. After World War II and especially from the 1950’s and on, there is renewed interest in his music and some of his works are regularly performed nowadays in concerts and other public events.

Provenance for the four ashtrays seen here is the Elgar family. The buyer will be supplied with the auction documents indicating the provenance.

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