Elizabeth I Sterling Silver Gilt Mounted Salt-Glazed Rhenish Tigerware Jug
Maker's mark a head between IC (Jackson, pg 95), London, 1570
The globular body with cylindrical neck and loop handle in mottled reddish brown glaze, the foot with band of stylized acanthus, the collar at neck engraved with strapwork, the chased hinged cover with winged maiden thumbpiece. Height 9 inches (23 cm).
Tiffany & Co., New York, November 29, 1932 for $1,800.
Surviving examples of English silver mounted German stoneware jugs are a perfect example of the complex and interwoven trading patterns and customs of Renaissance Europe. Beer was the preferred beverage in 16th century England for all classes, who chose handsome imported German Tigerware vessels for everyday use. Wealthy drinkers could have their pieces mounted with expensive sterling silver decorated in the latest style with strapwork, fruit and figures. The fragility of the material means that only a fraction of those produced over four hundred years ago have survived to the present.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Good condition overall; the body appears good under black light; clearly hallmarked underside cover and to neck, the foot apparently unmarked; nice detail to engraved decoration; the handle slightly askew, but as made
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