Item number: 1457
A good George III sterling silver wine ewer,
London 1787 by William Holmes
The amphora shaped body standing on a central foot and with slightly curved spout. The hinged lid with ball finial.The polygonal faceted body engraved with classicistic garlands and flowers. The in analogy engraved shoulder merging into the rounded neck. The baluster shaped foot engraved with tendrils on a matted ground and with baded rim. The upper rim decorated with beaded rim as well. The handle fixed to the body by subtly moulded and engraved floral sockets. The front engraved with a coat of arms.
This is an outstanding and very elegant example of a classicistic wine ewer in brilliant execution indeed. The condition is of museum quality, the engraving is very sharp to all parts and not overpolished to any area. The original handle showing a well-made old repair which is barely noticeable. Also notable the very good condition of the beaded decoration which shows no wear. The coat of arms is of MacFarlane.
31.1 cm / 12.24″ tall (including knob), 12.0 cm / 4.72″ diameter (at the shoulder area); 877.3 g / 28.20 oz