A Pair of Late 19th Century French Silver and Crystal Claret Jugs by Tetard Freres

£7,500

 
Exceptional pair of French silver and crystal glass claret jugs or decanters of onion form. The cast silver mounts decorated with foliage. A leaf-capped scroll handle and shaped lid with a cast floral and foliate adornment. The glass etched with leaves within patterned arabesques. A shell and leaf decorated cartouche to the front of the neck with initials. The interior of the lid and neck gilded as is the bottom part of the silver mount.
 
Marked to the body and lid with the head of Minerva, the French standard for silverware and to each base with maker’s mark for Tetard Freres who entered their mark in 1880.
 
These really are an exceptionally attractive pair of glass and silver claret jugs or decanters. They are both in superb original condition without any signs of damage or repair. The silver is in excellent condition and the glass is flawless. The gilding is bright and clear. The workmanship is of the very highest order as is typical of this maker. They were probably made at the very end of the 19th century. Truly outstanding pieces that would elevate any table setting.
 
Height: 26cm or 10.25 inches

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