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Paul de Lamerie

Paul de Lamerie (9 April 1688–1 August 1751). The Victorian and Albert Museum describes him as the “greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century”.

Born in Bois-le-Duc, his French Huguenot family chose to follow William of Orange to England during the Glorious Revolution. In August 1703, de Lamerie became the apprentice to a London goldsmith of Huguenot origin, Pierre Platel (1659-1739). De Lamerie opened his own workshop in 1713 (1st mark “LA” – Britannia mark) and was appointed goldsmith to George I in 1716. 2nd mark 1733 – sterling mark). He worked in partnership with Ellis Gamble – formerly apprentice to Master William Hogarth- between 1723 and 1728. His early work is in the simple Queen Anne style, following classical French models, but de Lamerie is noted for his elaborate rococo style of the 1730s, particularly the richly-decorated works of an unidentified craftsman, the Maynard Master. Leaving his first premises in Great Windmill Street he moved to 40 Gerrard Street in 1738. Here he lived and probably had his shop, his workshops being located in one of the 48 properties he owned in the area.

His customers included Tsarinas Anna and Catherine, Count Aleksey, Sir Robert Walpole, Benjamin Mildmay (Earl Fitzwalter and Viscount Harwich), the Earl of Ilchester, the Earl of Thanet, Viscount Tyrconnell, the Duke of Bedford, and other members of the English aristocracy. He also worked for King George V of Portugal. One of his productions to the Portuguese Court was a huge solid silver bath tub lost in the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. A two-handled silver cup and cover by Paul de Lamerie, dated 1720, was among the wedding gifts of Queen Elizabeth II.

Paul de Lamerie ranks as one of the stars of England’s finest period of silver. He was the most prolific silversmith of his time and his fame still lives on today.

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Paul de Lamerie

Paul de Lamerie (9 April 1688–1 August 1751). The Victorian and Albert Museum describes him as the “greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century”.

Born in Bois-le-Duc, his French Huguenot family chose to follow William of Orange to England during the Glorious Revolution. In August 1703, de Lamerie became the apprentice to a London goldsmith of Huguenot origin, Pierre Platel (1659-1739). De Lamerie opened his own workshop in 1713 (1st mark “LA” – Britannia mark) and was appointed goldsmith to George I in 1716. 2nd mark 1733 – sterling mark). He worked in partnership with Ellis Gamble – formerly apprentice to Master William Hogarth- between 1723 and 1728. His early work is in the simple Queen Anne style, following classical French models, but de Lamerie is noted for his elaborate rococo style of the 1730s, particularly the richly-decorated works of an unidentified craftsman, the Maynard Master. Leaving his first premises in Great Windmill Street he moved to 40 Gerrard Street in 1738. Here he lived and probably had his shop, his workshops being located in one of the 48 properties he owned in the area.

His customers included Tsarinas Anna and Catherine, Count Aleksey, Sir Robert Walpole, Benjamin Mildmay (Earl Fitzwalter and Viscount Harwich), the Earl of Ilchester, the Earl of Thanet, Viscount Tyrconnell, the Duke of Bedford, and other members of the English aristocracy. He also worked for King George V of Portugal. One of his productions to the Portuguese Court was a huge solid silver bath tub lost in the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. A two-handled silver cup and cover by Paul de Lamerie, dated 1720, was among the wedding gifts of Queen Elizabeth II.

Paul de Lamerie ranks as one of the stars of England’s finest period of silver. He was the most prolific silversmith of his time and his fame still lives on today.

  • 1735

    Paul de Lamerie

    9774 George II Silver Salver by Paul de Lamerie

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    A fine early English silver salver by the celebrated Huguenot maker Paul de Lamerie. Of square form, and raised on shaped feet, this exceptional salver is hand engraved with an expansive outer border of scrolls and cornucopias having to each corner a roundel containing the crest of a dog pierced with an arrow. To the centre, within a decorative cartouche, is a hand engraved coat of arms. Weight 664 grams, 21.3 troy ounces. Width 22.5cm. Height 2.6cm. London 1735. Maker Paul de Lamerie. Sterling silver.

  • 1739

    Paul de Lamerie

    8443 George II Dinner Plates by Paul de Lamerie

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    A rare pair of antique sterling silver dinner plates by this master silversmith. Elegant plain design with applied shell and gadroon borders and engraved to each top rim with a superb coat of arms. Suberb quality. Good weight. Total weight 1080 grams, 34.7 troy ounces. Diameter 24.25 cms. Stamped underneath for London 1739. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    8487 George II Silver Mug by Paul de Lamerie

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    An excellent antique sterling silver tankard by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this mug has an attractive baluster shape on a spreading foot and has a simple S scroll handle. Contains 300 ml, half pint. Good patina. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 234 grams, 9.4 troy ounces. Height 9.5 cms. Diameter 7 cms (top). Spread across handle 11 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie

  • 1730

    Paul de Lamerie

    8851 Antique George II Silver Dish by Paul de Lamerie

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    A superb quality silver bowl or alms dish by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Heavy gauge metal and a plain solid foot. The reeded rim has applied shell and scroll ornaments and to the underside there are applied acanthus leaves. The top has a fine quality border of hand engraved motifs with trellis hatching together with a matching inner circle. This work is very typical of Huguenot silver work Weight 722 grams, 23.2 troy ounces. Height 4 cms. Length 27.5 cms. Width 24 cms. London 1730. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1737

    Paul de Lamerie

    9107 Antique George II Silver Dinner Plates by Paul de Lamerie

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    An important set of 12 antique sterling silver plates with plain styling and gadroon borders. Originally part of the extensive and well documented Mildmay service, the rims are hand engraved with the Mildmay coat of arms and Earl’s coronet. Excellent patina. Each is inscribed on the reverse with the scratchweight and numbered 49 through to 60. Total weight 7486 grams, 240.7 troy ounces. Diameter 24.13 cm, 9.5 inches. London 1737. Maker Paul de Lamerie, the celebrated Huguenot silversmith.

  • 1732

    Paul de Lamerie

    9143 Antique George II Snuffer Tray by Paul de Lamerie

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    An antique sterling silver snuffer stand by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. Of shaped rectangular form and having a central carrying handle. Good plain design and heavy gauge silver typical of this date. Scratchweight below. Weight 259 grams, 8.3 troy ounces. Height 6 cms. Length 18 cms. Width 8 cms. London 1732. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1718

    Paul de Lamerie

    9365 George I Silver Cup by Paul de Lamerie

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    An outstanding early antique silver cup and cover with acanthus leaf topped side handles. By the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain style, very large size and heavy weight. Excellent patina. To the front is an expansive and finely engraved armorial crest belonging to TREBY quartering Grange for the Rt Hon George Treby, MP. Weight 1996 grams, 64.1 troy ounces. Height 25.5cm (total), 17cm (cup only). Diameter of cup 14.7cm. Spread 26cm. London 1718. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1738

    Paul de Lamerie

    6935 George II Silver Cream Boat by Paul de Lamerie

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    A superb antique silver cream boat by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. With hand chased decoration to the body with scrolls, shells, fruit and flowers. With its simple design and quality of execution this little silver jug is a very charming example. Weight 124 grams, 3.9 troy ounces. Height 9 cms. Spread 13 cms. London 1738. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1735

    Paul de Lamerie

    7281 George II Silver Mug by Paul de Lamerie

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    An excellent antique sterling silver tankard by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this mug has an attractive baluster shape on a spreading foot and has a simple S scroll handle. Large size, good gauge silver and lovely patina. Weight 388 grams, 12.4 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Diameter 8.2 cms (top), 9.4 cms (base). London 1735. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1731 - 1732

    Paul de Lamerie

    7320 Pair of George II Salt Cellars by Paul de Lamerie

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    A pair of superb quality silver salts by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Each with a beaded rim and on four scroll feet with trefid terminals. Heavy gauge metal and lovely chunky feel. The hand chased borders of decoration to the body and top of the foot are worn. Weight 338 grams, 10.8 troy ounces. Height 5 cms. Diameter 7 cms. London 1731/1732. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1742

    Paul de Lamerie

    7422 George II Silver Cream Jug by Paul de Lamerie

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    A rare antique silver jug by the revered master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Strong plain form and excellent quality, just as you’d expect, and very stylistic cast feet and handle. There is a band of hand engraved decoration around the top. Heavy gauge silver. Contains 100 ml. Weight 166 grams, 5.3 troy ounces. Height 10.2 cms. Spread 9.5 cms. Sterling silver. London 1742. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1737

    Paul de Lamerie

    7460 George II Silver Mug by Paul de Lamerie

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    An excellent antique sterling silver tankard by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this mug has an attractive baluster shape on a spreading foot and has a simple S scroll handle with acanthus leaf. Strong form and excellent quality just as you’d expect. To the front there is a contemporary hand engraved armorial. Excellent patina. Heavy gauge silver. Contains 300 ml. Weight 318 grams, 10.2 troy ounces. Height 10.5 cms. Diameter of top 9 cms. Sterling silver. London 1737. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1735

    Paul de Lamerie

    7576 George II Silver Cream Jug

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    A rare antique silver jug by the revered master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Traditional plain form and excellent quality, just as you’d expect, with cast feet and handle. There is a band of hand engraved decoration around the top and a coat of arms to the front. Heavy gauge silver. Contains 100 ml. Weight 91 grams, 2.9 troy ounces. Height 9 cms (to top of handle). Spread 8 cms. Sterling silver. London 1735. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    7753 Antique George II Ladle by Paul de Lamerie

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    An excellent antique sterling silver ladle by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this ladle has a plain oval shaped bowl and a long turned wood handle. The bowl underside is mounted with a strapwork tail and there are some engraved initials. Length 20 cms. Bowl length 7.75 cms, 6 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    7889 George II Silver Caster by Paul de Lamerie

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    A rare antique silver castor by the revered master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Of plain baluster form with a pull off cover pierced and engraved with scrollwork and crosslets. Good colour and weight. To the front there is a contemporary hand engraved coat of arms within a decorative cartouche. Weight 246 grams, 7.9 troy ounces. Height 8 cms. Diameter of base 5.75 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1728

    Paul de Lamerie

    7911 George II Silver Cup by Paul de Lamerie

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    An outstanding early antique silver cup, campana shape with acanthus leaf topped side handles. By the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain style and very good weight. Excellent patina. To both sides there is a large and finely engraved armorial crest belonging to TREBY quartering Grange for the Rt Hon George Treby, MP. Weight 1048 grams, 33.6 troy ounces. Height 17 cms. Diameter of top 14.5 cms. London 1728. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    8129 George II Silver Mug by Paul de Lamerie

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    An excellent antique sterling silver tankard by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this mug has an attractive baluster shape on a spreading foot and has a simple S scroll handle. Good size. Contains 500 ml. Weight 295 grams, 9.4 troy ounces. Height 11.5 cms. Diameter 8.1 cms (top). Spread across handle 12.5 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1742

    Paul de Lamerie

    8189 George II Silver Orange Strainer by Paul de Lamerie

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    A superb antique silver orange or lemon strainer by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. With a pretty applied border, pierced edge and two cast handles; the centre has a decorative pattern of fine holes. This little silver strainer is a very charming example of Lamerie’s work. Weight 126 grams, 4 troy ounces. Height 2.25 cms. Spread across handles 15.5 cms. Diameter 11.6 cms. London 1742. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    8653 Pair of George II Salt Cellars by Paul de Lamerie

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    A pair of superb quality silver salts by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Each salt with plain styling and gilded interior, the bodies having the original hand engraved decoration. The paw feet are mounted with magnificent lions heads; the quality and modelling of these is outstanding. Total weight 332 grams, 10.6 troy ounces. Height 4.3 cms. Diameter 6.5 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1740

    Paul de Lamerie

    9690 George II Cream Boat by Paul de Lamerie

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    A superb antique silver cream jug made by the celebrated 18th century Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. A fine piece of exuberant rococo silver of naturalistic design incorporating boldly cast figural images, foliage, fruit and flowers. Very heavy and sits well in the hand. The shaped oval body stands on 3 shell feet with curious face masks and scrolling leaf terminals. The handle is formed as 2 intertwined snakes and attached to the body by a large flower rosette. Below the pouring lip is another face mask and the crest of an arm and sword. Both sides have a large applied decorative panel on a matted background. Weight 212 grams, 6.8 troy ounces. Height 9.4cm (to top of handle). Spread 12.4cm. Width 7cm. London 1740. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1732

    Paul de Lamerie

    9700 George II Silver Salver by Paul de Lamerie

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    A large and important silver tray by the celebrated Paul de Lamerie. Of square form, and raised on stylistic bamboo feet, this exceptional salver is hand engraved with an expansive outer border of scroll and latticework interspersed with roundels containing griffin crests and classical faces. To the centre, within a decorative cartouche, is a finely executed coat of arms. Weight 1074 grams, 34.5 troy ounces. Width 26cm. Height 4.6cm. London 1732. Maker Paul de Lamerie. Sterling silver.

  • 1730

    Paul de Lamerie

    9707 George II Silver Salver by Paul de Lamerie

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    A fine early English silver salver by the celebrated Huguenot maker Paul de Lamerie. Of square form with shaped corners and raised on scroll feet. This dainty size is often known as a waiter, perfect for standing a wine bottle or glass. To the centre is a hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Good colour. Weight 198 grams, 6.3 troy ounces. Width 14.5 cm. Height 2.3cm. London 1730. Maker Paul de Lamerie. Britannia standard silver*.

  • Circa 1720

    Paul de Lamerie

    9720 George I Silver Tea Kettle

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    A large and imposing antique silver samovar of plain design having a wooden swing handle and 12-sided baluster design. By the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Britannia standard silver*. Very heavy gauge silver. The matching burner stand has carrying handles and stands on large wooden ball feet; it has a removable burner well with push on top and flip cap for the wick. Excellent colour and hand hammered finish. A nice feature is the hinged cover to the pouring spout. Engraved with a crest and name “Riversdale W.G”. Weight 3696 grams, 118.8 troy ounces. Total height 44cm (handle extended). London circa 1720. Maker’s mark stamped 4 times for Paul de Lamerie (Britannia mark).

  • 1745

    Paul de Lamerie

    9731 George II Silver Mazerine

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    A top quality antique silver strainer dish of oval form with a plain border. Excellent design and the quality you’d expect from this world famous English silversmith. Hand engraved to the centre with an armorial and the crest “Deo Regi Patria” for Duncombe impaling Campbell. The mazarine is designed to be used on top of an oval platter so that the decorative piercing would allow the juices to drain onto the platter below. To the reverse is inscribed the scratchweight 27=9 and the number “1” in script. Weight 852 grams, 27.3 troy ounces. Length 44.5cm, width 29.5cm. London 1745. Maker Paul de Lamerie. Sterling silver.

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