Jug with Nipped-Diamond-Waies

Jug with Nipped-Diamond-Waies

C 1680/85

Item Ref: 616

An extremely rare and wonderful serving jug of a type which is attributed to George Ravenscrofts Savoy Glass House in London.

The body is ovoid in form having twelve bold vertical ribs which have been pinched into nipped diamond waies on the body and left plain on the neck which has a vermicular collar at the base, the rim is cup shaped with drawn out pouring spout ,the body has seven trailed vertical bands pinched into horizontal and vertical fins ,there is a hollow blown applied handle and a trailed and pincered foot.

Around 40 handled decanter jugs have survived which are divided into 4 groups of slightly different forms , around thirteen examples of this form known as type 1 are known. rare survivors indeed from the birthplace of English lead crystal.

For further information and an almost identical example see , The Golden Age of English Glass by Dwight P Lanmon FSA.

Also in the Corning Museum of Glass see accession no 60.2.34. for an almost identical example which is also illustrated in " Glass of the Alchemists ", Corning museum of Glass , p 176.

This superb example is free from any crizzeling which would suggest a production date of around 1680 at which time the Savoy was under the control of Hawley Bishopp, Ravenscroft's partner and successor.

There are some minor losses to the vertical and horizontal ribs and a very small and fine barely visible fracture near the base if the handle.

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Height 8 1/4 ins 21 cm