Art Deco Sterling Silver Christopher Dresser Style Claret Jug


An elegant sterling silver and cut glass claret jug, assayed for Birmingham and dated to 1889.

Heavily influenced by the designs of Christopher Dresser, the jug has an ebonised Bakelite handle and understated spout.

The date of 1889 would suggest that the maker was an early follower of Dresser, whose designs were made by Heath & Middleton, Elkington and James Dixon & Sons earlier in the decade. Such design were ahead of their time, and therefore ahead of the market. They proved too austere for the late Victorians and were only truly appreciated later after the emergence of the Art Deco, Bauhaus and Modernist styles.

The maker mark JG&S corresponds to John Grinsell & Sons, of Victoria Works, St George’s Birmingham.

The condition of the jug is very good, with only a few tiny chips and scuffs to the hobnail cut glass.

Size: 19.6 x 14cm (7¾ x 5½”)
Weight: 809g