• Important Silver and Objects o auction at Christies

    Sale 2209

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu Including the Inventory of Marks Antiques of London

    22 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 110

    A VICTORIAN SILVER-MOUNTED GLASS CLARET JUG

    MARK OF LEUCHARS AND SON, LONDON, 1884

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN SILVER-MOUNTED GLASS CLARET JUG
    MARK OF LEUCHARS AND SON, LONDON, 1884
    The faceted 'rock-crystal' glass body engraved with birds and foliage, set on a cast and chased silver foot in the form of a pair of bathing sparrows, with a dragon handle, the silver-mounted cork stopper with frog finial, marked on foot, neck and stopper
    12 in. (30.5 cm) high


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    Although unsigned, the glass was almost certainly made by Webb's or Stevens and Williams of Stourbridge, who relied on Joseph Keller for engraving designs, which he published in A Collection of Patterns for the Use of Glass Decorators, Designed by Joseph Keller. Charles R. Hajdamach, British Glass, 1800-1914, 1991, p. 161, pl. 132, includes a design plate by Keller in which exotic birds and scrolling vines on fluted goblets closely relate to the style of the present lot.

    Another ewer of the same design dating to 1885/86, is illustrated in John Culme, 19th Century Silver, 1977, p. 184.