The Claret Jug

The Claret Jug


For many years we have been involved with fine art and chattels auctions. Recently a stunning Victorian claret jug, which could easily have been thrown out with the rubbish if it hadn’t been spotted by our eagle-eyed expert, ended up fetching £1,500 at one of our recent auctions.

Derek Hodge, Head of Ibbett Mosely’s Fine Art and Auctioneers Department, was overseeing a probate house clearance in South East London when the jug caught his eye.

Derek, who is based at Ibbett Mosely’s auction rooms in Sevenoaks, has more than 50 years’ experience in antiques and fine art.

“It was very lucky I spotted it. The top of the jug was fairly black, resembling pewter, but following a good clean it revealed a detailed silver patterning overlaid on amethyst-tinted glass. A real gem,” Derek said.

The claret jug went under the hammer at our Auction Rooms in Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. It was expected to fetch more than £1,000, but interest from collectors, dealers and the general public pushed the price up to £1,500.