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    Sale 5265

    Selected Silver & Russian Works of Art

    30 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 187

    A VICTORIAN SILVER TOBACCO JAR & COVER,

    MARK OF WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON, LONDON, 1885,

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    A VICTORIAN SILVER TOBACCO JAR & COVER,
    MARK OF WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON, LONDON, 1885,
    Drum-shaped in the 18th century Dutch manner, applied with laurel swags tied with tasselled cords, the spreading base & domed top of cover both fluted, the latter capped by a carousing man seated on a barrel, in the manner of Teniers, the ring side handles issuing from grotesque masks, a leaf band around rim, the sides inscribed with a poem Tobacco is an Indian weed
    Grows green at morn cut down at eve
    It shows our decay man's life man's life is but clay
    Think of this when you're smoking Tobacco

    The pipe that is so lily white
    In which so many take delight
    Is broke with a touch, man's life is but such
    Think of this when you're smoking Tobacco

    The smoke that does so high ascend
    It shows man's life must have an end
    When the vapour is gone, man's life is done
    Think of this when you're smoking Tobacco

    The ashes which are left behind
    They serve to put us all in mind
    That unto dust return we must
    Think of this when you're smoking Tobacco"

    6¼ in. high (16 cm.), 4¼ in. diameter (10.7 cm.), 18.5 oz.


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