This monumental neoclassical Victorian parcel gilt silver ewer on stand was made in London in 1866 by Stephen Smith and measures approx 21 inches tall by 17 inches in dia across the stand. The border of the stand is beautifully embossed with figures on horse back with a sunken gilded well below that has a large bead bordered platform where the ewer sits atop. The ewer itself is 18 inches tall by approx 6.5 inches at its widest point with the base being 5.25 inches in dia, the body is beautifully formed with acanthus leaves adorning the foot leading into a decorated knop which supports the main body where there is a chariot race taking place leading into the elegant neck where there is a hinged lid with acanthus leaf and graduated bead finial, the shaped handle has a cast lions mouth attaching it to the top and a goats head to the bottom where it attaches to the body, the whole is parcel gilt making it a very eye catching piece apart from it’s size alone. It is fully and clearly hallmarked under the lip and inside the lid with the lion passant, date letter and makers mark and to the base border. A magnificent looking piece from an excellent silversmith in excellent condition weighing 112.5 ounces or 3468 grams.