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A very fine George III Neo Classical Water, Coffee or Wine Jug. Made in London in 1774 by Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp.


The Jug stands on a circular pedestal foot which is decorated with two bold bands of beading. The vase shaped main body rises to another beaded band and is engraved with a beautiful bluebell drop cartouche, with tied ribbons above. The cartouche contains a contemporary Armorial, with a motto below. The shaped neck displays a most unusual cast ribbed spout and the high domed beaded cover terminates in an acorn finial. The fruit wood handle is attached to the main body with a reeded silver socket, with acanthus foliage mouldings. The Jug is fully marked on the edge of the foot and with the sterling mark on the cover.

The Arms and Motto are those of Wilkins, impaling Parry, for Jeffreys Wilkins Esq, of the Priory, near Brecon, and his wife Catherine, fourth daughter of the Reverend Gregory Parry of Llandevaylog, co Brecon, Canon of Worcester. Jeffreys was the forth son of John Wilkins of Maeslough Castle, co. Radnor. He died in 1819 and Catherine in 1827. He was succeeded by his eldest son John Parry-Wilkins (later De Winton) of Maesderwen House, co. Brecon. The Wilkins family were prominent lawyers in that part of Wales and were generaly MPs for the county of Brecon.

Height: 12.25 inches, 30.63cm.

Diameter at the widest point: 4.75 inches, 11.88cm

Weight: 31oz.