Ewer, one of a pair

On display

Ormolu, or gilded bronze, became particularly popular in France following Louis XIV's late seventeenth-century sumptuary edicts prohibiting the production of silver plate. It was, however, less popular elsewhere in Europe. The rococo design of these ewers is based on an engraving by Agostino Veneziano in the Victoria and Albert Museum, dated 1531.


  • Title

    Ewer, one of a pair

  • Associated place

    England (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1740 - 1770
  • Material and technique

    cailloux d'Egitto (jasper), mounted in ormolu (fire gilt copper)

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    34.4 cm (height)
    10.4 cm (diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


  • Our online collection is being continually updated. Find out more

    Know more about this object? Spotted an error? Contact us

Further reading

Penny, Nicholas, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present Day, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)

Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 596

Reference URL

q-seffron-icon q-white-icon pluse-seffron-icon pluse-white-icon minus-seffron-icon minus-white-icon close-seffron-icon close-white-icon close-black-icon prv-gry-arrow prv-arrow print-seffron-icon print-black-icon next-arrow next-gry-arrow next-white-arrow up-arrow-black up-arrow black-up-arrow black-down-arrow white-up-arrow white-down-arrow hr-list-gry-icon hr-list-white-icon vr-list-gry-icon vr-list-white-icon eye-icon zoomin-icon zoomout-icon fullview-icon contact-black-icon contact-seffron-icon basket-seffron-icon basket-black-icon share-black-icon share-seffron-icon go-arrow search-white-icon