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An exceptionally fine George III Neo Classical Water, Coffee or Tea Urn made in London in 1783 by Wakelin & Taylor.


This very fine piece stands on a square pedestal platform, which is decorated with beading. The vase shaped main body is decorated with flat fluting and rises to a beaded rim. The front is engraved with an oval blue bell drop cartouche, containing a shield shaped Armorial, with Crest above. Each side displays a plain loop handle and the pull off cover rises to a stylised artichoke finial. The cover is also engraved with a contemporary Crest in a linear oval cartouche. The beautiful cast spout is decorated with reeding and bat wing fluting and the shaped tap is made of stained ivory. The urn is also engraved on the foot with:

The Gift of the Right Honourable Robert Lord Viscount Arundell Gallway 1784

The urn is of the finest quality in terms of design and production and is fully marked in the foot and on the cover. The Arms are those of Freeman Bower Esq of Killerby Hall and Bawtry, Co. Yorks with an inescutcheon of pretence for Rayney. These are for his second wide, Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Nathaniel Pearson of Tyres Hill, Darfield, Co. Yorkshire, and co-heiress of her grandfather, Thomas Rayney of Tyres Hill. Mr Bower was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. He died in 1786. The giver, Richard Arundell, sat in Parliamnet as MP for Pontefract 1780-83, York 1783-90 and Pontefract 1796-1802. He was a great campaigner for parliamentary reform. This piece is in excellent condition and is of the finest quality as would be expected from the workshops of these Royally patronised silversmiths.

Height: 14.25 inches, 35.63.

Length, handle to handle: 8.5 inches, 21.25cm.

Weight: 43oz.