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A pair of Victorian silver-gilt mounted glass Ascos Jugs
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A pair of Victorian silver-gilt mounted glass Ascos Jugs

MARK OF JOHN SAMUEL HUNT, LONDON, 1851

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A pair of Victorian silver-gilt mounted glass Ascos Jugs
Mark of John Samuel Hunt, London, 1851
Of Ascos form, on plain rim foot, the frosted glass bodies with vine tendril handles, the rims applied with vine ornament, marked on handles, foot and rim mounts, the foot rims stamped '5716 HUNT AND ROSKELL LATE STORR & MORTIMER'
8¼in. (21cm.) high (2)
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Lot Essay

The ascos jug follows an ancient Greek prototype used as a receptacle for the oil burnt in lamps. Its unusual form is derived from early examples which were fashioned from leather. A number of examples by Paul Storr are known (see M. Clayton, The Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, Oxford, 1985, p. 256, fig. 3). A similar pair of William IV frosted-glass and silver-mounted ascos jugs with fox finials and vine handles were exhibited London, Asprey, Silver From a Golden Age, 1640-1840, 1994, no. 67.
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