An Elizabeth I silver-gilt and salt-glazed Rhenish "Tigerware" jug maker's mark CB monogram, London 1578
Lot 142
An Elizabeth I silver-gilt and salt-glazed Rhenish "Tigerware" jug
maker's mark CB monogram, London 1578
Sold for £40,000 (US$ 64,780) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Milntown Collection
An Elizabeth I silver-gilt and salt-glazed Rhenish "Tigerware" jug
maker's mark CB monogram, London 1578
Globular with cylindrical neck, loop handle and mottled brown glaze, the spreading silver foot embossed with alternate panels of flowers and lug motifs, the collar and hinged cover chased with pomegranates, flowers and bosses between plain scrolls, cover applied with cast openwork thumbpiece, height 20cm.

Footnotes

  • For detail of maker's mark see Jackson's page 100 9th and 10th entries.

    Sir Clive had long been interested in purchasing a Tigerware jug, in a letter from How dated 31st March 1943: "Re the tigerware jugs, which one was it that you particularly fancy? The little Mary Tudor, the Elizabethan or the James I Fulhamware? We are asking £450 for the Mary Tudor, £400 for the Elizabethan and £450 for the Fulhamware. Actually, from you we would take a small reduction on these, but not a big one, as the prices of this sort of thing vary enormously, and I anticipate that before long, especially after the war when the danger of the blitz is over, the prices will rise very much. I have for long been puzzled by the comparativly small sum for which these can be bought, which does not seem commensurate with their rarity, importance, or beauty, and I would not be the least surprised to see really fine examples such as these jumping to four figures."

    How writes in a letter dated 17th June 1959: "the little tigerware is very good indeed; the mounts are first class, marked on every bit, and it is unusually small for an Elizabethan jug." Purchased 30th June 1959, for £500.
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