A Good Late George II or Early George III Cast Cream Jug

Ayme Videau
5.1" (13cm) High
5 oz

The shaped oval and cast pedestal foot pierced with slats and bordered by fruiting vines. The lower part of the baluster shaped body with spiral fluting below an embossed swag of flowers and leaves. The front with crested cartouche formed as two "C" scrolls surrounded by shellwork and leafy scrolls. The handle of leaf-capped double scroll form.


Sotheby's, 26th February, 1976, lot 53, The property of the late Dr. Anne Parkes.

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For collectors of cream jugs this is a fully marked example of good quality. The imposition of a duty of sixpence per ounce in 1720 on all hallmarked silver had a twofold effect: It led to a sudden output of "Duty Dodgers" whereby marks from an old or damaged piece were cut out and soldered into a newly made piece. Secondly, it was not against the law to leave a piece unmarked which is why so many mid-18th century cream jugs were absent of marks in order to avoid the punitive tax.