This superb pair of vegetable tureens or entree dishes are of shaped, raised and fluted lobed form, surmounted with a removable acanthus final.
The lid is engraved to both sides with two crests (see pictures). The original plated warming bases have acanthus decoration with scroll feet.
Hallmarked for London 1845 by the renowned Silversmith Joseph Angell snr & Joseph Angell jnr. The tureen base, lid, handle and nut are all clearly marked. (see pictures)
The warming dishes are marked underneath with a pineapple for Sissons Smith & Co.
These serving dishes are of absolutely superb quality, even though they do have some very minor marks of use, they would not be out of place in a museum collection. This is a wonderful example from one of the most important silversmithing families of thenineteenth century.
The firm of Joseph Angell and Son was one of the largest and most important silversmithing and jewellery, manufacturers and retailers in London in the mid 19th century. Its origins can be traced back to the late 18th century when Joseph Angell was apprenticed to Henry Nutting, goldsmith of Noble Street, on October 5, 1796. Joseph Angell entered his first mark as a plateworker at the London Assay Office on October 7, 1811. At first the firm established by Joseph Angell began as manufacturing silversmiths to the trade, supplying Rundell Bridge and Rundell and Hunt and Roskell amongst many others. It was only ca. 1849 that they opened their own retail premises at no.10, The Strand. On the retirement of Joseph Angell (senior) in January, 1848, his son, Joseph Angell (junior) continued the family business under his own name (and with his own mark). An advertisement for the firm in 1851 described the stock as "a large collection of articles of silver plate, all of J. Angell's own make, suitable for testimonials, presentations, &c., And which can be offered at advantageous prices, with intrinsic value and excellence of workmanship combined. Also a large assortment of every variety of plate, for domestic and other purposes, an extensive assortment of silver tea services, children's mugs, silver waiters, cake baskets, candelabrum, epergnes, flower stands, plateaux, salvers, kettles and lamps, cruet frames, claret jugs, sugar vases and baskets &c. &c. …"
It became widely known in the late 1840s that the Society of Arts, of which Prince Albert had been made President in 1843, was planning a major exhibition of manufactures which eventually developed into the Great Exhibition. It attracted to its ranks would be exhibitors and among the silversmiths in the Society were Sebastian Garrard, a member of Garrards, the Crown Jewellers who joined in 1849 and Joseph Angell (II) who joined in 1850. Both took care to let it be known in the right quarters that they were producing suitable pieces for the exhibition. Garrard produced an enamelled salver, known as the Brassey testimonial which was decorated with painted enamel portraits of English heroes of the Railway Age, e.g. George Stephenson, with representations of their principal achievements. Many of the silversmiths' stands carried similar, elaborate, sculptural testimonials, some of questionable artistic merit, and that of Joseph Angell was no exception. His included an intricately chased shield, "Alexander and Darius at the Battle of Issus" commissioned by Rundells from Angell and subsequently acquired by Her Majesty the Queen. By contrast, Angell also included a series of picturesque tea and coffee services and claret jugs of eccentric shapes ornamented either with champlevé enamel and engraved arabesques or applied cast decoration. A silver-gilt, tea and coffee service, embellished with engraved decoration and champlevé enamel which won for Joseph Angell, a Prize Medal. The Purchasing Committee for the Museum of Manufactures, (renamed the South Kensington Museum and subsequently the Victoria and Albert) nevertheless saw no reason to acquire any of his works.
Tureen length: 34.5 cm or 13 1/2"
Tureen width: 28 cm or 11"
Tureen height (including handle): 19 cm or 7 1/2"
Warming base length (handle to handle): 39 cm or 15 1/4"
Warming base width: 24 cm or 9 1/2"
Height: 7 cm or 2 3/4"
Overall height of tureens with warming bases: 21.5 cm or 8 1/2"
Weight base 1: 914g, 32.2oz or 29.4oz Troy
Weight lid 1: 811g, 28.6oz or 26oz Troy
Weight warming base 1: 1980g or 69.8oz
Weight base 2: 913g, 32.2oz or 29.4oz Troy
Weight lid 2: 787g, 27.7oz or 25.3oz Troy
Weight warming base 2: 1986g or 70oz
Total weight of Silver Tureens: 3425g, 120.8oz, or 110oz Troy
Overall weight including warming bases: 7391g or 260.7oz