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Sterling Silver Cellini Style Claret Jug by Elkington & Co - Antique Victorian (1880)

Sterling Silver Cellini Style Claret Jug by Elkington & Co - Antique Victorian (1880)

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver Cellini style claret jug made by Elkington & Co; an addition to our silver jug collection

SKU A8933


This exceptional antique Victorian English sterling silver Cellini style claret jug has a ewer shaped form onto a circular pedestal foot.

The swept neck of the claret jug is embellished with exceptional chased foliate decoration accented scrolling strapwork and incorporating chased decorated figural mask to the posterior surface, all on a matte background; there is an exceptional and large secondary cast mask to the underside of the pouring lip.

The neck terminates with a plain, knopped waisted portion to a broad band of six chased alternating grotesque figural medallions accented with scrolling leaf decoration and segmented with plain convex fluted designs; the plain portion features the contemporary bright cut engraved inscription 23rd Nov 1880.

The decoration to the body incorporates grazing livestock, in addition to an oval cartouche to the front displaying the contemporary bright cut engraved crest of a boar's head above the motto 'Set On'*.

The lower portion of the body is further embellished with a segmented band incorporating chased decorated busts accented with foliate designs.

This impressive example of Victorian silverware is fitted with a domed hinged hallmarked cover, embellished with large scrolling leaf designs on a matte background and surmounted with an exceptional cast sterling silver finial.

The cover opens to reveal the original gilded interior

This exceptional antique Victorian silver jug is fitted with an imposing cast sterling silver S scroll handle embellished with a figurehead ornament to the upper portion in addition to strapwork and fluted designs to the handpiece.

The knopped circular pedestal foot is embellished with a band of chased decoration reflecting a simplified style to the upper portion of the body, all above a foliate festoon accented with further mask designs.

The rim of the foot bears the retailer's mark 'Elkington & Co Silversmiths, 22 Regent St London'.

* The crest and motto pertains to the Campbell family.

Read a brief history of silver claret jugs

Date: 1880

This Victorian silver jug is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased decoration is very sharp and the bright cut engraved decoration is very crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the neck of the jug and part hallmarks struck to the cover are very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

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

Length from back of handle to lip 18cm/7.1"

Width 11.5cm/4.5"

Diameter of foot 9.3cm/3.7"

Height 29.6cm/11.7"

31 troy ounces/963g

Proud Members of

International Federation of Art and Antique Dealer Associations CINOA
National Association of Jewellery UK's trade association NAJ