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An important George III dual purpose Balloon shaped Argyle, of unusually large size, made in London in 1803 by John Emes.


The Argyle stands on a stepped circular foot and displays a main body modelled in the rare balloon form, decorated with a wide band of lobing on the lower section. This piece has an unusually shaped spout and pull off cover also decorated with lobing and which terminates in an acorn finial. Both the cover and main body are engraved with an unusual contemporary crossed paw Crest. The centre of the interior displays a tubular canister which would have been filled with hot coal or a rod of iron to keep the sauce hot and thin. The canister also has a removable cap which terminates in a classical urn finial. Most unusully, however, is that the canister unscrews from the interior so that the Argyle could be used as a coffee pot when not being used as an argyle. This is the first time we have seen this unusual feature. To find an example modelled in the rare balloon form is also unusual and this is only the second time we have enclountered an argyle made in such a large size. They were usually made to hold sauce for two people, however this piece could easily cater for six. This piece is marked in no fewer than four places, in the foot, on the cover, on the interior canister and on its cover. It is in most excellent condition and the quality is exceptional, typical of John Emes.

Height: 10 inches, 25cm.

Diameter, at the widest part of the main body: 5.1 inches, 12.75 cm.

Weight: 28oz.