Elliot Hall Enamels

Elliot Hall can trace his family connection with the enamelling industry back for four generations.

In 1904 Elliot’s great grandfather, Alfred Hall, established his own business as a copper-smith. His three sons and grandson, John Kingsley Hall, followed him into the business. Each generation of Halls became highly skilled copper craftsmen, and the company gained a reputation for superior materials and outstanding workmanship.

In the early 1980s John Kingsley Hall launched Kingsley Enamels. Elliot joined his father’s company in 1989 and developed his expertise of the art of enamelling.

In 1998 Moorcroft acquired the business and changed its name to Moorcroft Enamels. Elliot stayed with the company, developing its designs and ensuring the family reputation for quality was maintained. In 2006 Moorcroft Enamels closed and Elliot was able to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and open his own company.

The artists who create the enamels are among the finest in the world, with a pedigree that captures the skills of a lost generation. Many trained at Royal Worcester, or have backgrounds in decoration at the legendary potteries of Coalport and Minton. With a collective experience of hundreds of years they are among the last representatives of a craft that dates back almost three centuries.

But it’s the fact that each piece is painted by hand, and that each edition is limited to small numbers (usually less than 75, often less than 20) that distinguishes and defines Elliot Hall enamels: no two pieces can ever be identical, making each unique. The company bring out new ranges each year: this year’s range is called ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Some enamels are designated Prestige Pieces and it’s no misnomer: The exquisite Rosella’s Goblet costs £1995. Last year one of the Prestige pieces was sold by sealed bid for a record-breaking £12,500. It’s hard to think of something more elegant or more collectable. And the fact they are produced in such small editions (sometimes numbering only ten) makes them even more desirable.

Only 25 retailers worldwide supply Elliot Hall Enamels. Not surprisingly, demand always exceeds supply. As yet, very few pieces have reached the secondhand market.