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A George III silver tea urn Henry Chawner and John Emes London, 1797 The urn-shaped body with...

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Lot 1

A George III silver tea urn
Henry Chawner and John Emes
London, 1797
The urn-shaped body with...

Starting Bid: £1,000

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

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Lot 1


A George III silver tea urn

Henry Chawner and John Emes

London, 1797

The urn-shaped body with twin lion mask handles supported by four columnar legs with paw feet, raised on a shaped square base on four ball supports, the domed cover with lobed decoration and a knopped ovoid finial, conforming decoration to base and body, the faceted spout to a rotating spigot with green stained wood finial, approx. 44cm high, gross weight approx. 135ozt


The tea urn is in good condition commensurate with age. Some general surface scratching, nicking and minor pitting noted. Some small dings to inner rim of cover (not visible when in position). Some small dings to body of urn. Some splits and repairs to the frame surrounding the chimney. Splitting around the base of the chimney. Please note that there are three parts only: main body, cover and removable burning chimney with fitting mount attached (damaged). The chimney is soldered into the mount (ie. fixed) but can be removed from the urn.  Other components may be lacking. Part marks to the chimney, full hallmarks to cover and base of urn. Steady on feet. Cover fits snugly. Solder noted to one foot (between ball and base). Handles in good condition. Spout mechanism not tested for leaks but spigot rotates. Overall an attractive piece in good condition. Further images available via this link: 

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