George II Silver Cream Jug
Maker: Paul de Lamerie
A rare antique silver jug by the revered master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Traditional plain form and excellent quality, just...
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.
This excellent piece of antique silver is in very condition with no restoration. The silver marks are clear and easy to read. Excellent colour. The hand engraved top border and front armorial are French and not typical of de Lamerie's work and so could possibly have been done later, circa mid 17th century. The feet have been very slightly pushed in, 1 more than the others (see photos). The base of the handle is slightly pushed in. These minor dents can be considered normal wear and tear for a piece of this age. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item. This shape is difficult to photograph and the black marks and discolouration around the centre are due to reflection.
Maker: 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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