THIS week we valued a large Victorian silver moon flask by Robert Garrard II of Garrards, London, in 1881.
This piece is done in the Chinese taste, each plain side has a deep border of scrolls, shells, cornucopia and leafage.
The decorated tall neck with moulded rim and domed cover depicts children and turtles to the shoulder from which spring a multi-scrolled handle.
The pedigree of this company alone speaks volumes about the quality of the silver.
George Wickes, the founder of Garrard, was once goldsmith to the Prince of Wales, and sought to keep to a high level of detail and artistry in all items, as well as use of only the finest Britannia silver.
This is a vast piece of significant importance. The maker’s stamp and address on the base looks absolutely right with the correct type face but has been double struck, giving the appearance of three ‘Rs’ in Garrards.
The Chinese influence to the overall design is interesting, though the decoration appears more European.
Our specialists valued it at £25,000-£40,000.