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A Massive Pair of Royal Ambassadorial Soup Tureens

1814 by Matthew Boulton

This important pair of soup tureens are engraved on one side with the English Royal arms and on the other with the arms of Shaw for William, 1st Earl Cathcart and Baron Greenock. The Royal arms indicate that these tureens were made specifically as part of the Earl's service of ambassadorial silver; he served as the English Ambassador to the Russian Court at St. Petersburg from 1812 to 1821, and attended the Russian Emperor during the Napoleonic campaigns.

The family is of ancient Scottish origin, William being the 10th Lord Cathcart of Scotland, a title dating back to 1452. Based on the engraved arms on these tureens, it is clear that they were made late in 1814, after he was made Earl Cathcart (July 16 of that year) and appointed Ambassador but before his departure for Russia.


Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm.), Diameter: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm.)

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