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THE BEWES EWERS. A very important pair of George III Neo Classical Wine or Water Ewers made in London in 1781 by William Holmes.


The Ewers stand on an unusual high circular pedestal foot decorated with beading. The vase shaped main body rises to a beaded band where it meets the neck and the everted rim, and hooded rear section is also decorated with beading. The reeded high loop handle displays acanthus leaf capping at the top and where it is attached to the main body. The front of the main body is beautifully engraved with an unusual contemporary Crest, above a chapeau. The Ewers are in exceptional condition and are fully marked in the foot. The unusual Crest is that as used by the Bewes family of ST. Neots, Cornwall. The family were major landowners in the vicinity of the town. Harry Bewes, who died in 1793, left three sons including Thomas Bewes, the eldest son and heir.

This design of Ewer is extremely rare and were almost certainly used for cold liquid such as wine or water. A pair in the Earl of Leicesters Holkham silver Dinner Service display similar characteristics such as the high foot, main body form and hooded rear section. The Holkham Ewers were also made by William Holmes and we know that he manufactured large scale raised vessels such as cups and ewers. He was an exceptional maker and great exponent of the Neo Classical style.

Height, to the top of the handle: 14.25 inches, 35.63cm.

Length, handle to spout: 7.25 inches, 18.13cm.

Weight: 75oz the pair.