This museum quality Neo-Classical Sterling silver soup tureen made William Pitts & joseph Preedy and designed by the French designer Jean-Jacques Boileau (active in England 1787-1851).
The classic boat shape tureen is chased with acanthus leaf on the body and the handles have further acanthus leaf cast decoration where they meet the body.
Jean-Jacques Boileau, a mural painter, was brought to London to work on Carlton House by The Prince Regent. Many of his designs were used for the finest neo-classical silver of the day and this piece with its Royal connection is a prime example.
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