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Water jug in the shape of a Cambridge ale jug, by Stephen Smith

Image attached to M.1-1989

An image of Cambridge ale jug/water jug. Smith, Stephen (British). In the shape of a Cambridge ale jug, the body with sloping cylindrical sides and slightly tucked-in base and flat bottom. The narrow neck with plain moulded rings below a slightly everted rim. The broad handle is concave down the centre and joins the body near the base with a flat spatulate terminal. The sides of the body are matted and engraved with exotic birds and tropical flowers and foliage (including humming birds and passion flowers). The hollow handle was seamed down its length. The body was raised or spun, then the base neck and handle were soldered on. The body was engraved, and the interior gilt. Height, to the rim, 18.2 cm, width, overall, 17 cm, weight, whole, 845 g, 1874-1875. Aesthetic Movement. Victorian. England, London.

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Cambridge ale jug/water jug. Smith, Stephen (British). In the shape of a Cambridge ale jug, the body with sloping cylindrical sides and slightly tucked-in base and flat bottom. The narrow neck with plain moulded rings below a slightly everted rim. The broad handle is concave down the centre and joins the body near the base with a flat spatulate terminal. The sides of the body are matted and engraved with exotic birds and tropical flowers and foliage (including humming birds and passion flowers). The hollow handle was seamed down its length. The body was raised or spun, then the base neck and handle were soldered on. The body was engraved, and the interior gilt. Height, to the rim, 18.2 cm, width, overall, 17 cm, weight, whole, 845 g, 1874-1875. Aesthetic Movement. Victorian. England, London.

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  • Accession Number: M.1-1989
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/36.0
  • Focal length: 112
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 963 pixels
  • Image width: 764 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 597.46kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 36/1
  • Captured: 2007:01:19 21:21:50

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19th Century Aesthetic Movement birds British engraved engraving Fitz_AA floral flowers gilded gilding gilt hallmark handle handled humming bird hummingbirds jug mark matted seamed Silver silverware soldered spout spouted stamp stamped Stephen Smith tropical vessel Victorian water jug

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