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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 296

    A GEORGE III SILVER TEA-URN

    MARK OF JOHN WAKELIN AND WILLIAM TAYLOR, LONDON, 1791

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    Estimate

    A GEORGE III SILVER TEA-URN
    MARK OF JOHN WAKELIN AND WILLIAM TAYLOR, LONDON, 1791
    Vase shaped, on plinth foot, chased with leaves and engraved with shell and foliage matted band, the spigot with ivory tap, engraved with a coat-of-arms, marked on base and cover, with scratchweight '119=0'
    17 in. (43 cm.) high
    gross weight 113 oz. (3,499 gr.)
    The arms are those of Kemmes or Kemmis, possibly for Thomas Kemmis (1753-1823) of Kildare Street, Dublin, third son of Thomas Kemmis (1710-1774) of Shaen Castle, Queen's co.


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    The order also included a smaller coffee urn of 48 ozs. and later in October of the same year 'an octagon teapot a stand for ditto An octagon bell shaped sugar dish and ditto cream ewer' completing the service. The Ledger also records the cost of the engraving, the ivory taps or cock head, wooden chests and packing cases. It also lists the 'Duty at the Customs House' which points to the pieces being shipped perhaps to Dublin, supporting the identification as Thomas Kemmis (1753-1823) of Kildare Street, Dublin.

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    Provenance

    Purchased by Thomas Kemmis from Messers Wakelin and Tayler in 1791.


    Literature

    John Wakelin and William Taylor Gentleman's Ledger, 1791-1801, folio 26 (VAM 18)
    To a low antique shape tea vase with water leaves on the body and patura [sic] on the Plinth 119 [oz] - [dwt] 9 [gr.] £53 11s