GIOACCHINO LEBRUN, LATE 18TH CENTURY MALTESE SILVER COVERED JUG
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Late 18th Century Silver Covered Jug
This covered jug, which graces the Dining Room table, is one of the finest examples of Maltese silver belonging to the time of Grand Master De Rohan (r. 1775-1797), and was one of the exhibits in ‘The Silver of Malta’ exhibition organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in 1995. The silversmith was Gioacchino Lebrun, and this jug is made to the Roman standard of 11 deniers. It bears the mascle and eagle marks. The jug per se (excluding the feet) is inspired by the designs of French silversmiths in the Louis XVI period. It could have been made after a model by Robert-Joseph Auguste, who made numerous items for the French court, and whose other prominent patrons included George III and Catherine the Great. This jug has an elongated pear-shaped body, on bifurcated scroll feet applied with shells and acorn leaves. The handle is composed of intertwined vine tendrils, thus indicating that it might have been used as a claret jug.