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THE CAREY VASES. AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF GEORGE III TEA VASES TOGETHER WITH THEIR ORIGINAL SUGAR VASE. MADE IN LONDON IN 1786/87 BY DANIEL SMITH & ROBERT SHARP.

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Each piece is Classical vase shaped in form and stands on a square pedestal foot decorated with circular bands of beading. The reeded scroll handles are attached to the sides of the main bodies with acanthus leaf mouldings and the rim is also decorated with beading. The pull off covers are finely shaped, are decorated with a fourth beaded band, and terminate in a ball finial. The front of each vase is engraved with a contemporary Armorial surrounded by a cartouche of drapery mantling. The cover is also engraved with the Armorial, with a tied ribbon above. The Arms are those as used by a Lady or Widow of the Carey family of Aston in the County of Oxfordshire. The Arms of a Lady in her own right, are contained within a lozenge.

The vases are in excellent condition and are fully marked in the foot and with the maker's mark and sterling mark on the covers. As you will appreciate, sets of tea vases are rare, as very few were originally made. To find a complete set today, which has not been split up, is extremely unusual and very rare.

Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp were also patronised by King George III and his eldest son, later George IV, when he was furnishing his Carlton House residence on Pall Mall in London. Smith & Sharp also occupied workshops in Bartholomew Close, specifically at number 14, when these vases were made.

Sugar Vase:

Height: 8.25 inches, 20.63cm.
Length, handle to handle: 5.1 inches, 12.75cm.

Tea Vases:

Height: 7.1 inches, 17.75cm.
Length, handle to handle: 4.6 inches, 11.5cm.

Total Weight: 40oz.