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An important & very unusual George III Soup Tureen made in London in 1803 by John Emes.


The Tureen stands on an oval pedestal foot which is decorated with gadrooning and a band of acanthus spears where it is attached to the main body. The Tureen has a large oval bowl and gadrooned rim and two side lion mask mouldings which look out through the reed and acanthus ring carrying handles. The stepped, domed, pull off cover terminates in a reed and branch finial and both the main body and cover are engraved with a beautiful band of anthemions, as well as flower heads in roundels, a design attributed to the Emes workshops. The front of the Tureen is beautifully engraved with a contemporary Armorial surrounded by a crossed acorn and oak branch cartouche. The cover is engraved with a contemporary Crest and the reverse with the inscription:

Presented to

Robert Osborne Esq Recorder

by the Corporation of the

Mayor and Burgesses of Kingston upon Hull

as a memorial of the high sense

they entertain of his conduct in discharging the various duties

of that important station



John Wray Esq Mayor 1803

The Latin tag to the inscription is a quote from Horace and translates as No Reward Without Effort.

The inscription is surrounded by the same cartouche as the Armorial. The Arms are those of Osborne. Robert Osborne was a Barrister at Law and seemingly much involved in the civic lfe of Hull. He was a man of considerable means and in 1812 built Braffords Hall in the East Yorkshire countryside. The quality of design and production is outstanding, as would be expected from this maker. It is in quite excellent condition.

Length: 14 inches.

Width: 10 inches.

Height: 12.5 inches.

Weight: 117oz.