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On display on Level 1


commenced 1872 – 1884 /1888

maker (organisation)


1870 – 1902

retailer (organisation)

Cockatoo claret jug 1881 Place made: Greater London, Great Britain
Materials & Technique: metalwork, claret jugs, sterling silver,glass

Primary Insc: 3 hallmarks; WL marks for London; engraved inside beak: 'Leuchars & Son, London & Paris'
Dimensions: 32.0 h x 19.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2014.630

Crichton and Curry was a leading London manufacturer of luxury and novelty silver, its founder, Alexander Crichton, registering his hallmark at Goldsmiths Hall in 1872. It specialised in claret jugs in the form of animals and birds. Over 34 animal designs by Crichton were registered, many based on the drawings of illustrator Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Strongly modelled and finely detailed, this jug remains a functional object, the cockatoo’s head opening at the beak for pouring of the wine and its feet stabilising the sculpted crystal jug with handle.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design