This exceptional antique Victorian electrotype Cellini style claret jug has an ewer shaped form onto a circular pedestal foot.
The body of the jug is encompassed with plain gilded girdles separating the themed scenes to each portion.
The upper level of the body is embellished with chased decorated scenes incorporating the elucidating words of three seasons: Ver (Spring), Autumnus (Autumn) and Hyems (Winter).
These scenes are divided by a simplified bar supported by antique dolphin designs.
The next tier of the ornamentation bears three chased decorated illustrations displaying indigenous animals and cultures of three quarters of the world: Africa, America and Europa (Europe).
The lowest portion of the body is encompassed with chased scrolling strapwork bordered grotesque mask designs in addition to winged horse supports, all on a matte background.
The underside of the pouring lip is embellished with chased figural design with wheat stalks emanating from the top of the headpiece, and holding wheat in either hand, all on a gilded matte background.
The lip is encompassed with a chased decorated gadroon style border.
This fine antique jug is fitted with a large and exceptional cast scrolling handle embellished with an impressive figurehead ornament to the upper portion in addition to fluted and scrolling decoration with a collared quatrefoil design.
The upper terminal of the handle is embellished with an impressive cast grotesque mask design above a chased decorated cherub mask and wings.
The circular pedestal foot is embellished with plain gilding encircled with tooled decoration and two bands of chased vertebrate scrolling leaf and floral decoration.
The underside of the jug bears the maker's mark 'Elkington' below a coronet and features the registration number '978'
This impressive antique jug is one of the finest examples of electroplate you could hope to acquire.
NOTE: Electrotyping (galvanoplasty) is a chemical method of reproducing a model using metal, for the purpose of art and preservation. This method was invented by Moritz von Jacobi in Russia, 1838 and became adopted by many to reproduce electrotyped copies of important objects of art; many of these were made by Elkington & Co, who had an extensive business in this method.