George IV Antique Silver Tureen
Maker: John James Keith
A magnificent silver tureen with matching stand and cover. Excellent size for serving soup, casseroles and vegetables. The body has...
A magnificent silver tureen with matching stand and cover. Excellent size for serving soup, casseroles and vegetables. The body has a bulbous rectangular form with stunningly modelled cast silver handles, feet and lid finial. The borders are mounted with broad borders of shell and gadroon ornament. Hand engraved to the front is a large armorial with the matching griffin crest to the lid. Heavy gauge silver. Good colour.
Total weight 4294 grams, 138 troy oz. Total height 28cm.
Tureen weight 2794 grams, 89.8 troy oz. Spread across handles 35.2cm. Height 23cm.
Maker John James Keith.
Marks. Stamped underneath the body, stand and lid with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks.
Arms. These are the arms of Robert Lovell Gwatkin (1757-1843), who must have been related but who married Theophila Palmer, a niece of Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA
Literature. Antique Silver Tureens with side carrying handles were introduced during the reign of George II. The lid/cover helped to keep the contents warm. They are generally oval shaped, although they can be round or rectangular. Some have detachable liners and/or matching stands.
The tureen, lid and stand are all in very good condition, well fitting, and fully functional. Crisp engraving. Moderate signs of wear compatible with their age.
Maker: John James Keith
John James Keith, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1824, 2nd mark 1839. John was known for his ecclesiastical work, and was appointed as the silversmith of the the Ecclesiological Society, who carried out work from designs by William Butterfield - see Culme, J., The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Antique Collectors Club, 1987, Volume I, p. 269-270.
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