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John Emes An Elegant Neo-Classical Design Four-Piece Tea Service

London, 1804
Maker's mark of John Emes

Weight: 2800g, 66oz 16dwt

Silversmith Biography

Presumably son of William Emes of Bowbridge Field near Derby surveyor, apprenticed to William Woolett of Green Street, Leicester Fields Citizen and Goldsmith, engraver on payment of £105, (one of the largest premiums recorded in the apprentice registers), 7th October 1778. Free, 5th July 1786. First mark entered as a plateworker, in partnership with Henry Chawner on 27th Auguist 1796. Address: Amen Corner. He presumably is dead in 1808, when Rebbeccah and William Emes entered their mark at the same address. His work, mostly tea and coffee services with some tankards, shows a taste for elegant design and fine finish.


The set decorated with bands of laurel together with a basket-weave design. The spout of the teapot with cast and applied anthemion.

An Elegant Neo-Classical Design Four-Piece Tea Service Reference: 22790.1