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Antique Victorian Solid Sterling Silver Gilt Pitcher Ewer Robert Garrard 1841

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We are delighted to offer this magnificent early Victorian solid silver ewer/pitcher made in London 1841 by the acclaimed Royal gold/silversmith, Garrard (marks for Robert Garrard). Garrard founded in 1735, surviving the test of time, still produces fine silverware and jewellery today and throughout history has been serving and producing exceptional pieces of silver and jewellery for the British Royal Family and the firm was appointed Crown Jeweller by Queen Victoria in 1843. It may therefore come as no surprise that this ewer lives up to such prestige with a spectacular design and ornate embellishments. The ewer has been fully gilt (gold on top of sterling silver) presenting a majestic and regal aura with splendour to immediately captivate and seize the gaze of any onlookers. It has been made from an excellent thick gauge of silver which results in a hefty and reassuring feel, whether held in hand to pour or when placed nobly on a table. This not only symbolises the affluence of being able to afford such heavy articles in precious metal but further displays the level of craftsmanship and time that would have gone into hammering and 'hand raising' such a piece from a single thick sheet of silver - a laborious and artisanal craft in an era without the aid of electrical tools. The overall form is majestic with fluidity and curved aesthetics throughout, aptly characterising its use for pouring liquids, whether be it wine or water. The asymmetric side profile is reminiscent of Rococo styling and the entire surface has been meticulously hand engraved with scrolled acanthus, birds and a central mythological figure, possibly a harpy. Owing to its fully gilt surface which prevents the usual tarnishing, it allows for the ewer to be displayed or used practically in a wide range of ways. Whether be it a centrepiece on a table or the most opulent pitcher in a dining setting, this ewer is bound to be a distinguished piece of silverware and a conversation starter in its own right. A perfect accent within a rich antique interior but also possibly as a juxtaposing piece of decor within a modern setting, we believe such magnificent objects most certainly have a place in today's setting, especially with a touch of creativity such as using it as a flower vase on a glass table. In spite of seemingly conflicting styles, such classical designs may just be the right contrast to a more minimalist design and a distinguishing element within a setting, rich with history and classical artistic influences. Overall a spectacular piece of early Victorian silverware, exemplary of fine hand engravings on a three-dimensional piece with practicality and presentation combined - ideal for uncompromising collections or as a single impressive centrepiece. The ewer is fully hallmarked with English marks on the top edge near the handle. *All images with other items are for display purposes, this listing is for the title item only. SIZE Size (cm) H:23cm L:20cm W:11.4 Size (inches) L:9.05 W:7.87 H:5.11 Weight: 709 grams (22.79 Troy oz) CONDITION Great Condition - The ewer is in great overall antique condition, with no damage or issues. It remains in a leak-free state, allowing it to be used practically. Some very minor areas of wear to the gilding and surface wear commensurate with age. We aim to overemphasize and state these issues (if any) to avoid disappointment and thus please rest assured they are not significant nor affect the usage of the items. Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail. FREE SHIPPING We offer free global shipping with professional, secure and discreet packaging. We will always ensure your items are packaged with the utmost care and see the delivery through to the end. In the very rare and unfortunate case of non-delivery/courier loss, you are fully covered with us and we will fully refund you. *All parcels are insured - please rest assured all shipping liabilities other than import/customs duty are covered by Artisan Antiques. *Colours of the product may slightly differ from the photos due to different computer screens & lighting conditions*
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