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THE DUNDAS TUREENS. An exceptional pair of George III Sauce Tureens and Covers made in London in 1784 by Wakelin & Taylor.


The Tureens stand on an oval foot which is decorated with a raised band of bold beading. The Boat shaped main body also displays a bold beaded rim and the reeded loop handles are attached to the main body with acanthus leaf mouldings. The domed pull-off covers terminate in an unusual classical oval palm and berry finial. The front of the main body is engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with Viscounts Coronet above, all surrounded by a bright cut circular cartouche. The cover is engraved with a contemporary Crest and Coronet, all above the motto Essayez.

The Arms, Crest and Motto are those of Dundas, with those of Saunders in pretence. They are those specifically of Robert Dundas, later Saunders-Dundas, only son and heir of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. Robert was born in 1771 and in 1798 married Anne, daughter and co-heiress of Richard Huck-Saunders and of her uncle Admiral Sir Charles Saunders, who died in 1775. Under the terms of her uncles Will, in order to succeed to the property, Dundas had to add the surname Saunders to his own. Robert Saunders-Dundas, KT PC, 2nd Viscount Melville, succeeded his father in 1811. He was educated at Edinburgh High School and Emanuel College Cambridge. He was M.P. successively for a number of seats including Hastings and Rye, until his succession to the peerage. He was 1st Lord of the Admiralty 1812-27 and 1828-30. During his term of office, an Arctic exposition, which he supported, named what is now known as the Melville Sound after him. He held a number of other offices including Governor of the Bank of Scotland, Lord Privy Seal, and Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews. He died in 1852 and his family seat was Melville Castle which is shown.

We know that his father was a regular customer of the Royal Silversmiths Wakelin & Taylor and his name appears often in their account ledgers. The Tureens are some of the finest we have ever offered and are in quite excellent condition.

Height: 6 inches, 15cm.

Length: 9.75 inches, 24.38cm

Width: 4.9 inches, 12.25cm

Weight: 52oz the pair.