Rebecca Emes is one of the most prominent English silversmiths of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Together with her business partner, Edward Barnard I, Emes is responsible for the beautiful design and exceptionally fine work of these four antique silver tureens.
The tureens, all of identical size and design, are of rectangular form and feature rounded bowls set upon four paw feet. Mounted to each end are twin handles featuring fluting and leaf designs. The lids, which are curved, and banded with fluted rims, feature central loop handles which are set onto circular foliate beds and can be removed when twisted. The delicate size of these tureens would render them the ideal dish in which to serve condiments, sauces or side dishes.
The tureens are decorated with bird and arrow engravings, being the crest of the Horwood family. Each piece is fully hallmarked, with date mark for 1819, and makers marks for Rebecca Emes ‘RE’ and Edward Barnard I ‘EB’.