An Exceptionally Rare Pair of Queen Anne Chocolate Jugs

An Exceptionally Rare Pair of Queen Anne Chocolate Jugs

London, 1704,
By George Gillingham

Height: 28.5 cm, 11 ¼ in
Weight: 2,268.7 g, 72 oz. 19 dwt.

This pair of serving chocolate jugs are formed in the elegant simplicity of the Queen Anne period. Resting on circular stepped pedestal bases, the main bodies are raised in a baluster shape. Their spouts terminate on the body with cast and applied shell and foliate décor. The sweeping D-shaped handles terminating with escutcheon shields and having the interesting feature of a ring aperture to the outside probably have held the molinet or stirring rod. The other end of the handle meeting the main body with dainty tear-drop architecture.  The plain covers with swivel knop finials to allow the aperture to be revealed where the molinet would be inserted to prevent the cholate from separating without losing the heat of the liquid.

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