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A George III Epergne Centrepiece

London 1780
Maker’s Mark of John Wakelin & William Taylor
Height 23cm,
Length of stand 36.5cm
Weight 84.5oz.

The detachable oval bowl with applied rams mask and drop-ring handles, the bead rim above a bright engraved acanthus scrolling band flanking armorial engraved reserves. The lower body part fluted, the oval open-work stand with four out-swept supports, each with a scroll terminal surmounted with a screw fitting bud finial, each of the four sides with an open-work laurel spray centred with a ribbon tied oval reserve, with further armorial engraving and presentation inscription to Captain Sir Richard Pearson.
'To Sir Richd Pearson Knt who on the 23rd Sept 1779 in his Majesty's Ship Serapis protected a numerous and valuable Fleet, on their voyage from the Baltic from the Attacks of a superior Force. The Russian Company present this Epergne as a testimony of their sense of his Bravery & Conduct on that occasion'.
 

A George III Epergne Centrepiece Reference: 23691.3