Silver George III Teapot

/ Silver George III Teapot

Silver George III Teapot


This very unusual Teapot stands on a rectangular spreading foot decorated with lobing. The shaped main body is decorated with two bands of lobing, in sizes, and rises to an everted rim decorated with gadrooning, interspersed with anthemion motifs and Rococo shells, flanked by acanthus leaves. The hinged cover displays an egg and dart base and rises to a lobed dome, terminating in a lobed finial. The scroll handle is attached to the main body with a very detailed section modelled as a coiled serpent. The base of the handle displays a very unusual serpent head moulding, flanked by a fan of feathers. The spout is decorated with a raying anthemion motif and underneath with flaming acanthus foliage. The front of the main body is engraved with a contemporary Armorial with the Motto "Bes Non Verba" engraved on a banner below. The reverse is engraved with a contemporary Crest. The Teapot is of outstanding quality and is in excellent condition.

The Armorial and Crest are those of Wilson specifically for Matthew Wilson Esq., of Eshton Hall, Gargrave, County Yorkshire. This is shown on the image stream. He married Mary Wilson, only surviving heiresss of Matthew Wilson of Eshton. They were first cousins. He was born in 1772 and married Mary in 1800. He was Magistrate and DL, for both the West Riding of Yorkshire and County Lancashire. He was also responsible for re-building Eshton Hall 1825-26. Their son, also Matthew Wilson (1802-1891) was a liberal M.P. who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1842 and 1886. He was raised to the Peerage, as a Baronet, on 28th February, 1874.

Length: 10.6 inches, 26.5cm.
Width: 5.75 inches, 14.38cm.
Height, to the top of the handle: 6.25 inches, 15.63cm.
Weight: 33oz.