An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.
An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway.  The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.

An exceptional & very rare George III Neo Classical Water/Wine Ewer made in London in 1776 by Henry Greenway. The decorative design originally attributed to the Royal architect, Sir William Chambers.

1776 London

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£5,750 gbp
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This beautiful Jug stands on a square pedestal foot which is decorated with a band of laurel leaves. The vase shaped main body is unusually decorated with laurel leaf garlands, tied with ribbons, interspersed with Classical paterae medallions, as well as a lower wide band of acanthus spears. The neck is decorated with a laurel band and rises to a beaded rim. The high domed cover terminates in a stylised artichoke finial and is also decorated with stylised acanthus leaves. The cast, scroll, handle is decoarted with bold beading, acanthus leaf capping, and is covered in wicker. The front of the main body displays an oval disc cartouche engraved with a set of script initials. This piece is in outstanding condition and is fully marked on the neck and with the sterling mark on the cover.

This design, by Sir William Chambers, is based on drawings carried out by Chambers' pupil, John Yenn (1750-1821), which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The design was first used by Chambers in the 1760's after the 4th Duke of Marlborough employed the celebrated architect to undertake extensive alterations to Blenheim Palace and Marlborough House in London. The Duke also ordered a silver dinner service from Parker & Wakelin in this very design, attributed to Chambers. Stylistic similarities, as well as the use of heavy swags, can be seen in Chambers' model for a state coach for George III ( also in the V & A). Similarly, the bluebell festoons and paterae relate to Chambers' work on the East Gate at Blenheim. Some pieces from the Marlborough Service still survive at Blenheim Palace and other known examples are a Tureen in the Leeds City Art Gallery.

Henry Greenway was a great exponent of the Neo Classical and had workshops at 14, Gilt Spur Street, London, when this Jug was made. He was apprentice to Charles Wright, who also made outstanding jugs and ewers.

Height: 13 inches, 32.5 cm.
Length, handle to spout: 6 inches, 15cm.
Weight: 36oz.
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