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George II Silver Orange Strainer by Paul de Lamerie

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Stock: 8189

Date: 1742

Maker: Paul de Lamerie

Country: England

A superb antique silver orange or lemon strainer by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. With a pretty...

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Description

Description

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.

Literature: Orange or lemon strainers were peculiar to the 18th century and were probably used in conjunction with punch bowls to filter out the fruit pips. They were made with one of two handles. The one handled strainer sometimes had a small tongue or lug on the opposite side of the handle which may have been used to hook it on to the side of the punch bowl. The strainers are normally marked in the piercing in the centre of the bowl.

These strainers are popularly used nowadays as tea strainers although the size is larger than a normal tea strainer.

Condition

A rare antique silver punch strainer in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The finish is still crisp. With a full set of English silver hallmarks punched in the centre piercing – makers mark, leopards head and date letter are clear to see however the lion passant is unclear due to the piercing but can be made out. Handles unmarked. 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.

Maker Information

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-styles, 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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