Claret Jug

English (London)
Designed by Christopher Dresser (Scottish, 1834–1904), Marked by Edward Hutton

Object Place: Europe, London, England


Overall: 21.4 x 14.8cm (8 7/16 x 5 13/16in.) Other (Overall; handle): 14cm (5 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, glass

Not On View





The clear glass body of the vessel has a cylindrical neck and a flaring geometric base. The underside of the glass is cut with a geometric rosette. The neck is encased in a plain silver collar with a squared, angled spout surmounted by a hinged flat cover. The silver handle is formed of a vertical rod, supported on two horizontal struts that attach to the collar at the top and to a plain silver band at the base. The silver mounts are formed of assembled pieces of sheet. The handle is a seamed tube, attached with cast and fabricated mounts.

The radical simplicity of Dresser’s designs-particularly the bold forms, angular geometry, and exposed construction-reflects the influence of the arts of Japan. Dresser designed several variations of this jug, which were mounted in either silver or electroplated metal. Of the many versions with the distinctive bar handle, based on a bamboo prototype, this is only example in silver.


Near handle, maker's mark EH (Culme 332b)(repeated inside cover); lion passant (repeated inside cover); leopard's head; date letter H (repeated inside cover); sovereign's head.


By 1977, with Thomas Lumley, Ltd., dealer, London; 1977, sold by Thomas Lumley to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 11, 1977)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour