Lot 11: 1977 Small Silver-Plated Vases from Elvis Presley's Graceland Dining Room
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The 1970s saw many unique trends in both fashion and design. Graceland was the height of style and luxurious design during that period. This pair of ornate, silver-plated, fluted vases with flowing flower design are lined with white ceramic and exhibit a hallmark similar to that of International Silver's 1970s hallmark of two lion heads flanking a crest under the base. The pair of vases adorned the grand dining room at Graceland and were likely on display in the china cabinet which contained much of the family's silver. In a letter from Sam Thompson that accompanies the vases, he describes in part, "Following Elvis' death in 1977, Elvis' Aunt Delta gave me a set of silver vases, each about 9" tall with white ceramic interiors. These vases had been in Graceland's dining room for many years and were given to me as a memento of my time there. They have continuously been in my possession since then." The vases measure 6 1/4 inches (15.87 cm) in height and are offered with a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The silver-plated vases are tarnished with a lovely patina from age and use. One white painted interior contains some surface cracking.