An Edward Stockwell aesthetic silver milk or hot water jug

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For sale is this delightful aesthetic period hot milk or water jug.  Hallmarked for the renowned maker Edward Stockwell and dated 1879.   The Japanese influence is very clear. The jug decorated with applied foliage and stork in rose and yellow gilt highlights. The lid further decorated with a flying stork and bamboo handle .  A very good gauge.

Whilst the design borrows from Japan it is likely the direct influence for this piece was Tiffany & Co who launched mixed metal pieces using copper and silver of similar design, to great effect, at the 1878 Paris International Exhibition. The jug perfectly captures the global influence of Japan on design at this time via Tiffany in New York, to Paris, to London.  The strict English assay laws made silver and copper pieces very rare in England and so gilding was used to create the similar effect.

This piece is a pair to the smaller cream jug A1331

Maker:  Edward H Stockwell

Designer:  NA

Date: 1879

Marks: EHS, London “D”

Material: Sterling silver, silver gilt

Condition: Very good. Slight wear to gilding and hallmarks.

Size: 8.0 max width, 11.5 cm height

Weight: 207 grams, 7.3oz

SKU: A1332 Category:

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