Japanese Sterling Silver Claret Jug Pitcher Stephen Smith 1878 27 Oz For Sale
IMPORTANT JAPANSE STERLING SILVER CLARET JUG; PITCHER; STEPHEN SMITH, LONDON, 1878; EXCELLENT CONDITION
We are quite pleased to offer this important 1878 Japanese inspired claret jug.
From the well listed Stephen Smith. First listed in 1865. Known for beautifully designed silver displaying superb finish detail
Meiji period Japanese silver was the finest the world has ever known. Much was crafted by former Samurai. Imperial decree had outlawed their warrior culture. Forcing the Samurai to channel centuries old sword making skills into breathtaking presentation and household silver.
The Meiji artisans were so highly regarded that Tiffany and select British makers went to Japan to "learn" (steal) the secrets of the Samurai.
This stunning Japanesque caret jug is just such an example.
In archaic bottle form. Derived from centuries old asian drinking vessels.
Adorned with beautifully hand carved scenes of a crane, atop one leg fishing in gentle water. Lilly pads and tall grass. Bird perched in prunus tree. Another soaring overhead. Lush Jaoanese inspire trees and foliage.
Elegant petal engraved cone finial atop prunus decorated shelf. Itself atop wider shelf form rim.
Sweeping bi-furcated double scroll handle. Elegant traingle and recessed bead to side panels. The centre with Japanese inspried leaf and florals casading downward.
Hallmarked as shown.
This Meiji inspired Victorian sterling silver caret jug is 10 1/2 inches tall.
Exceptionally thick, heavy guage sterling silver construction it weighs 27 1/2 (standard) ounces.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. The brilliantly carved fishing crane, bird and water scenes retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. Cover closes flush and handle secure. Few tiny scuffs, bearely noted.
For the discerning collector of the finest Victorian silver. Focused upon rarely seen Japanese inspired designs. An exceptional Victorian sterling siver Japanesque claret jug. Excellent condition.
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From our personal collection, a fine mid 19th century coin silver basket by Edward & John Moore is illustrated in the cover article in May/June 2008 Silver Magazine.
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