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By Gross, Armand (French, fl. late 19th-early 20th Century)
These two beautiful silver-mounted engraved glass claret jugs were crafted in the late 19th-Century by the accomplished Parisian silversmith, Armand Gross.
The jugs are of classical oinochoe form. They are set on circular silver bases, which are decorated with stylised leaf patterns. Their bulbous glass bodies taper towards their bases, and are finely engraved with scrolling foliage. The jugs’ silver necks are gadrooned, and decorated with ribbon bows and drapery swags. Their mouths are delicately shaped and topped by hinged lids, which are fitted with foliate oval handles. Leaf motifs decorate the undersides of the mouths, and their interiors are gilded. The jugs' necks are mounted with geometric handles, which are ornamented with ribbon bows and scrolling foliage.
Both silver jugs are fully hallmarked. They bear the maker's mark of Armand Gross, a prestigious silversmith active in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Gross produced a variety of precious items and fine tableware, including cutlery, tea and coffee services, jugs, salt cellars, and much more. These silver items are typically decorated with elegant and refined relief work, as seen in this beautiful pair of jugs.
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