Claret can be considered a two-fer word in the world of antiques and collecting, since a claret jug is a silver jug (or ewer) from the 19th century and claret also refers to a type of red wine made in Bordeaux, France that's dark purplish-red in color. As it pertains to the first definition given, the item pictured here is a silver mounted claret jug made in cockatoo form in England in 1881 by Alfred Clark. The 13 ½ inch tall jug, with sterling silver mounts marked, sold for $5,000 at Rago Arts & Auction Center's Great Estates Auction held April 14, 2016 in Lambertville, N.J.
Wine collecting has exploded in recent years, and Bordeaux is at the forefront of that surge. A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, with the city of Bordeaux at the center. With a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, it's the largest wine growing area in France. Average vintages produce over 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine, ranging from large quantities of everyday table wine to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world. The majority of wine produced in Bordeaux is claret, a word mostly used in Great Britain.