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SOLD - Electrotype Cellini Style Claret Jug by Elkington & Co Ltd - Antique Victorian

An exceptional, fine and impressive electrotype Cellini style claret jug made by Elkington & Co Ltd; an addition to our diverse wine and drinks related collection

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SOLD - Electrotype Cellini Style Claret Jug by Elkington & Co Ltd - Antique Victorian

Description


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.


Condition


This Victorian claret jug is an exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The chased and cast decoration is very sharp.

The original gilding has subtle signs of wear, in keeping with age.

The maker's mark and registration number to the underside of the jug are very clear.


Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this Victorian piece.


Dimensions


Length from back of handle to tip of lip 15.5cm/6.1"

Width 11cm/4.3"

Height to top of handle 30.5cm/12"


Read a brief history of silver claret jugs

 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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