Novelty wine jugs like this were very popular in the 19th century. They are based on medieval examples of ewers for hand washing (aquamaniles) in the shape of mythical beasts. George Fox was in partnership with his brother Charles Thomas in a firm established in London in 1822 by his father. By the time these jugs were made, George was in sole charge. The firm specialised in dining plate, including vessels made in the shape of animals.
Earliest Rothschild collector: Nathaniel Charles Jacob, 4th Baron Rothschild; b.1936
Credit: Waddesdon (Rothschild Family)...