A Silver Mounted Cameo Glass Claret Jug by E H Stockwell

London, 1883


the glass vessel attributed to Thomas Webb & Sons, comprising of an opaque yellow ground, one side decorated with a rose blossom with thorns and buds, the other side with camelia flowers, a butterfly and bee flying between the plants, the pourer and handle modelled in silver as sections of bamboo in the Japanese taste, a hinged lid attached to the handle topped with a bamboo stem and leaves.

Stamped ‘EHS’ for E H Stockwell

Edward H Stockwell is listed as an ornamental metal worker in gold and silver. The company was based at 15 Greek Street and supplied notable retailers such as Thornhill & Co of New Bond Street, Leuchars & Son of London and Paris as well as Alfred Clark of Old Bond Street.

Thomas Webb & Sons was founded in 1837 and was famous for creating the finest cameo glass. When this vessel was made, the company were based in Stourbridge. Their work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the British Museum.