Carl Krall silver is highly popular at auction, its appeal owing to the master silversmithing techniques, opulent designs, and gem-set or enamel accents to most pieces. Almost exclusively religious items such as chalices, ciborium, pyx boxes, pieces by Krall fetch fantastic prices under the hammer. Carl Christopher Krall was a German silversmith, trading from Regent Street in London from around from around the 1860s to the 1930s as Barkentin & Krall.
Danish silversmith Jes Barkentin (1815-83) was joined by Carl Krall in 1868. When Barkentin died in 1883, Krall continued business. Marks for Christopher Krall include a CK within a truncated rectangle, the retailers mark KRALL within a rectangle, assayed in London.
Barkentin & Krall worked for significant architects and designers of the day to include William Burges and G.F. Bodley, and was mentioned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in a letter dated 1872. Walter Stoye (1886-1974) joined the firm in 1912, and took over as Managing Director from 1918 until they closed in 1935.
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