English sterling silver Rococo style tureen, lobed oval form; domed oval lid with removable loop handle, base of handle with molded animal masks to two sides and animal paws to ends. Repousse flower and cartouche decoration on lobed areas; small cutout in edge for a ladle handle (ladle not included). Conforming oval body with scroll border near lip, repousse flower and cartouche decoration with one cartouche enclosing a script monogram, the other a crest; ear-shaped handles with overlaid leaf decoration, all raised on a short, conforming pedestal foot with floral and cartouche decoration. Lid and base both hallmarked for Sheffield, Sterling, 1908 with maker's mark for Martin, Hall & Co.; the body with additional stamped retailer mark, "Gibson Belfast." 11 1/2" H x 19 1/2" W x 9 3/4" D. 118.17 oz troy. Together with an associated Reed & Barton silverplate shaped oval undertray, marked 5105, 18, EPNS on base, 19 1/8" x 13 1/2" x 7/8" H. 3 pieces total. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Tureen and lid in very good condition with minor surface wear. Tray with several surface scratches.
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