Claret Jug

English (Birmingham)
Marked by Elkington & Co. (English)


H. 35.7 cm x W. 16.8 cm (14 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Diameter of base 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, glass

Not On View





The jug has a low broad base, rising to a high cylindrical neck. It is formed of purple glass mounted with electroformed silver that is pierced and engraved with stylized Japanese ribbons, flowers, and bamboo leaves. The heavy C-shaped handle is undecorated. Just above the handle is a band of plain silver, surmounted at the rim with a band of beading. The spout is cast and scrolled. The domed lid has a gadrooned baluster finial. With mounted glass (and leather case 1977.540b).

This jug is characteristic of the taste of the Aesthetic Movement with its elaborate ornament of stylized floral motifs and ribbons in the Japanese manner combined with the humble and quintessentially English daffodil. The decoration is applied directly onto the glass through an electrolytic deposit process, often referred to as silver overlay, which was developed in the 1880s.


INSCRIPTIONS: engraved in a cartouche on the side, "Arthur Buckley Esq:/ From/John & Gerald/ Taylor."
SCRATCHES: shallowly engraved on the lip of the neck, "24255 cg/cg/-."


On mount to right handle, maker's mark E&CoLd (Culme 3092); anchor; date letter x (repeated inside cover); lion passant (repeated inside cover).


Presented by John and Gerald Taylor to Arthur Buckley, Esq. [see note 1]; by 1977, with Brand Inglis, Ltd, dealer, London, England; 1977, sold by Brand Inglis to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1977)

[1] Engraving on the side of the piece reads: "Arthur Buckley, Esq: / From / John & Gerald / Taylor"

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour