This magnificent antique Victorian English sterling silver Cellini style claret jug has a ewer shaped form onto a circular pedestal foot.
The plate has a circular shaped form with a circular central well.
The swept neck of the silver jug is embellished with exceptional chased foliate decoration amidst fabric swags suspended from a 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 decoration to the body incorporates chased grazing livestock segmented with bands of strapwork decoration and incorporating two figural masks, in addition to an exceptional lion mask design to the anterior portion.
The lower portion of the body is further embellished with a segmented band incorporating chased decorated busts accented with foliate designs, all on a matte background.
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 tiered scale motifs 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.
This magnificent claret jug retains the original gilded interior.
This exceptional ewer sits on the original hallmarked English sterling silver charger plate.
The outer circumference of the well is encircled with bands of chased decorated figural masks conjoined with a strapwork style border, all amidst further foliate designs and matte textures.
The interior of the well incorporates further chased decorated masks alternating with a frieze of two figural motifs to either side of a vase displaying a floral spray; the plate features a plain domed circular panel to the centre.
The raised rounded rim of the plate is embellished with chased mask and leaf decoration accented with mythical creatures, all below a decorative egg style border.
This magnificent Victorian silver jug and charger plate set was crafted by the renowned London silversmith Joseph Angell II.
Such jugs, with a matching charger plate, are becoming increasingly difficult to locate.
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