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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "An important & exceptionally rare George III Hot Milk Jug on Lampstand made in London in 1809 by the Royal Makers Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III"
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The circular stand is cast and has three beautiful winged paw legs, below a frieze of anthemion motifs. The plain burner is held in place by a beaded support. Both the stand, burner and jug are engraved with a contemporary Crest, with the Motto "Droit and Loyal" below, on a banner. The Crest is that as used by the Charlton family.
Benjamin & James Smith were in Partnership from 1809 until 1812. Before moving to London, to work closely with Paul Storr and the firm of Rundell & Bridge, Benjamin and James Smith lived and worked in Birmingham, for some time in partnership with Matthew Boulton. The quality of their work, either alone or in partnership, is also comparable to that of Storr. Benjamin Smith's work is contained within the collection of Her Majesty the Queen and his most important production is probably the Jamaica Service of 1803 in the Royal Collection. This type of Jug is very rare, especially with this unusual decoration.
Height, to the top of the handle: 9.5 inches, 23.75cm
Diameter of the stand: 6 inches, 15cm.
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street