A sterling silver sauce tureen of navette form and in the Neo Classical taste. Fully hallmarked for London, dated 1789, and the makers Robert Wakelin and William Taylor. 23.305 OZT (including the associated ladle by the celebrated Richard Crossley). 5 1/4 " high, 4 1/2" wide, 8 1/4" long.
With restrained ornamentation including fan repousee, gadrooning, reeding and cast oak leaves. The oval repousee lid with a ball finial and a pair of reeded handles joined to the tureen with carved cast oak leaves. The whole raised on a stepped oval foot.
Wakelin and Taylor created a number of sauce and soup tureens in this form. Richard Crossley, working in London, is considered among the finest makers of flatware in the late 18th century.