Posted 6 years ago
This pitcher has a deep red brown lustre...highly reflective...the handle is classically simple with acanthus leaves at the top. It is a simple ovoid shape and might be considered inconsequential in the big world of pottery collecting...except...it is "harnessed" in solid sterling silver chains that could have been used in necklaces...on one side is a beautiful shield with acanthus leaves swirling up the sides...the leaves and shield edges are engraved...no crest. On the other side is a spectacular solid silver monogram " E M V " in beautifully curving engraved flourishes. These two pieces are held firmly in place with silver chains to silver mountings at the top and bottom of the pitcher and sterling twisted wires help again at the top and bottom of the handle and spout...the spout is mounted in silver...
The entire piece reminds me of jugs used at the beginning or end of a hunt to serve refreshments to the riders. This piece at one time was from an estate in West Palm Beach.
I was told by a very knowledgeable buyer and seller of antique and vintage pottery that I " had something special "...
6 6/16" across the handle to the tip of the spout...
height: approximately 7 1/4"
largest circumference: 12 1/2"
mouth opening: 2" in diameter
base: 2 1/8" in diameter
monogram: 2 1/8" W x >3" H
shield: 1 1/2" W x 2 7/8"H
This piece belonged to a very wealthy person...a jeweler was involved and the piece is hallmarked at the base STERLING with a number very like a watchmaker's benchmark.