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THE WYNDHAM VASES. An extremely rare pair of Tea Vases, together with their original Sugar Vase, made in London in 1780 by Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp.


Each piece is vase shaped in form and stands on a square pedestal foot, decorated with two 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 detailed acorn finial. The front of each vase is engraved with a contemporary Armorial surrounded by an oval blue bell drop cartouche. The cover is engraved with the family Crest with an engraved chain arch above. Each piece is fully marked in the foot and with the makers mark and sterling mark on the cover. The Arms and Crest are those of the eminent Wyndham family of Orchard Wyndham, Somerset. Sir John Wyndham, Knight of that place, died in 1645 leaving seven sons. They therefore established numerous branches including the Earls of Egremont, and one branch acquiring Felbrigg, the celebrated and beautiful National Trust House in Norfolk. Each vase is in excellent crisp condition. The set would not have had a case originally, however a recent owner has had a fruitwood brass bound case made for them to be kept in when not on display.

Along with John Carter II, Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp supplied Jefferys, Jones and Gilbert, who were apointed Royal Goldsmiths in 1784. Sets of Classical Tea Vases, with their Sugar Vase, of this design are extremely rare as very few were made and even fewer have stayed together over the years.

Sugar Vase Vase:

Height: 8.25 inches, 20.63cm.

Length, handle to handle: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.

Tea Vases:

Height: 7.25 inches, 18.13cm.

Length, handle to handle: 4.75 inches, 11.88cm.

Total Weight: 40oz.