Saturday, January 19, 2013

Georgian On My Mind: A George III Silver Cream Jug

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While I love to collect pieces of pottery and silver from The Aesthetic Movement, lately I have been attracted to the more classical forms of the late Georgian period.  Recently, I acquired a very sweet small cream jug, 3.5” in height, which is a lovely example of the period.  The jug was made by Alice and George Burrows and assayed in London in 1805.

P1020283The hallmarks on the jug.  The last mark on the right is the head of George III.

georgeIIIcoronationKing George III in Coronation Robes by Allan Ramsay, 1761-1762, oil on canvas, 58”x42”, National Portrait Gallery, London.

georgianhelmutThe shape of my jug is a common form of the period.  To me, it is reminiscent of the popular helmet shape also typically Georgian, but it does not have the pedestal and is less tapered at the bottom being fatter and more squat.

The creamer is engraved with a lovely, classical Greek key motif which travels around the entire piece.  Its handle is reeded and the interior of the piece still retains its original gilding.

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The jug also has a superb period monogram which reads JEN and is surrounded by a stylized ribbon motif which creates a cartouche in which the initials appear.

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I look forward to using this creamer at tea one day.  When I look at it, I can just imagine when it was new, gleaming in the afternoon light as a Georgian lady named J poured cream into the cup of her guest.

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