A Superb Suite of Three George III Neoclassical Fruit Bowls on Stands

John Wakelin and William Taylor
Large Stand 39cm wide, Bowl 36cm wide, Smaller Stands 36cm wide, Bowls 31cm wide

The Bowls in two sizes and of oval shape, each with a pierced vertical border of matted vitruvian scrolls at the top. The ends applied with cast ram's heads and drop ring handles and the flared sides applied with columnar bellflowers on half-stopped panels alternately spaced between plain panels, the latter rising up to open arches above. Each side applied with a circular cartouche engraved with armorials beneath bows and trailing ribbons. The bowls all raised on 4 leaf bud feet and the largest bowl pierced in the base with reversed anthemions and symmetrical scrolls. The shallow sloping sides of the bases with similar bellflower columns and open arches rising to very slightly domed centres, the latter with 4 recesses for the feet. The sides with matches cartouches to the bowls. Complete with later clear glass liners.


Sotheby's New York, 14th April, 1999, Lot 179, Sold for $63,000

The Arms are those of Kemeys

Sir Charles Tynte, 5th Baronet, added the name Kemeys to his own in 1747 upon inheriting the Kevan Mabley estate in Wales from his mother Lady Tynte(nee Jane Kemeys). As he had no issue his estate devolved upon his sister Jane Tynte who had married Major Ruishe Hassell. They had two daughters, one who died in 1744 the other Jane Hassell (1738-1824). Jane Hassell married Colonel John Johnson in 1765 and lived at Halswell Park but part of the stipulation of the inheritance was that he changed his name to Kemeys-Tynte. He died in 1795 so it would seem likely that this fine suite of bowls on stands was made for him and his wife Jane in 1790.

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A number of these suites of Baskets have appeared on the market over the last few decades:

A Pair of smaller sized baskets or bowls, same date and maker as the above suite, Sotheby's, December 5th, 1968, Lot 310 Sold for £2400

A pair of baskets by the same makers dated 1780 and with stands of 1785, Thomas Lumley Ltd and illustrated in Adam Silver by Robert Rowe Plate 66

A set of three by the same makers, dated 1791, sold Sotheby's New York, April 19, 1991, lot 313.

A Suite of Three by the same makers, dated 1787 and with Royal Arms sold by Alastair Dickenson Ltd, 2011

These Dessert or Fruit baskets became popular in the 1770's and were an alternative to the higher and more dominant epergnes of the period. They were fashioned in the neoclassical taste with many decorative devices associated with Robert Adam in particular the ram's heads and the vitruvian scrolls. They are amongst the largest and most attractive pieces made between 1770 and 1800 before the grandeur of the regency period.