Antique Silver and "Raeren" Stoneware Jug

Date: 1890

Maker: Hubert Schiffer

Country: England

Stock Number: 7471

An antique English amphora jug or vase in the manner of Jan Emens Mennicken, German, 1540–1593, the body with decorative armorial medallions dated 1588 and 1594, the 3 handles dated 1590. With a sterling silver foot and collar and a detachable silver lid. This jug was in the collection of Sir Charles Jackson, the author of the esteemed book on English silver hallmarks. Height 38 cms. Spread across handles 18 cms. Diameter of base 12 cms. Makers mark only – "IM" over a billet and pellet. The silver marks are recorded in Jacksons for 1594 however the vase is a later copy circa 1890 by Hubert Schiffer. Schiffer ran a small workshop in Raeren specialising in copies of renaissance originals. Examples of his work are rare and were often damaged on purpose to make them look 'authentic'. There is a similar vase in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (see accompanying documentation).

Literature: Sir Charles Jackson: 'An Illustrated History of English Plate', published 1911, vol. II, page 781, figure 1015, where the author compares the makers mark to that on the communion flagon at Westwell.

Provenance: Sir Charles Jackson.
William Randolph Hurst sold Sotheby & Co. London, 22nd June 1939 'The Property of William Randolph Hurst, Esq', lot 72.

Museum of Fine Arts in Boston http://educators.mfa.org/node/306110

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