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A very rare & unusual pair of round George III 'Bat Wing' Fluted Tureens made in London in 1792 by Edward Fernell.


The Tureens stand on a round pedestal foot decorated with reeding. The main bodies are also modelled in an unusual round form and rise to a reeded rim. The lower section of the main body is also decorated with bat wing fluting which was widely used in the work of Edward Fernell. The high domed covers display a band of bat wing fluting and terminate in a ball finial. Each Tureen has two reeded loop side handles and both are in excellent condition. The underside of the foot, and rim of the cover, display a full set of hallmarks. The quality of design and production is exceptional, as would be expected of this silversmith whose work is scarce and does not survive in great quantity.

Fernell was apprenticed to William Grundy and had workshops at 119, Fetter Lane when these Tureens were made. Round Tureens are especially rare, as they are nearly always modelled in the Boat form. They would be ideal for serving small vegetables.

Height: 6.5 inches, 16.25cm.

Length, handle to handle: 8.25 inches, 20.63cm.

Width: 5.45 inches, 13.63cm.

Weight: 48oz, the pair.