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Paul de Lamerie (1688 - London 1751) A Set of Four George II Butter Shells

Silver
London, 1733
Maker’s Mark of Paul de Lamerie

Weight: 850 gr., 29 oz. 17.86 dwt
 

Provenance

Sotheby's Sale "A Gentleman", January 23, 1964, Lot 61, Francis E. Fowler Jnr.
Christie's, Geneva, May 13, 1986, lots 128 and 129.
Sotheby’s New York, The Jaime Ortiz- Patino Collection of Silver by Paul de Lamerie, April 22 1998, lot 13.
Private Collection.
Koopman Rare Art.
 

Exhibitions

Houston, Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, 1956, Silver by Paul de Lamerie in America, item 20.
London, Goldsmith's Hall, 1990, Paul de Lamerie, The Work of England's Master Silversmith, cat no. 75, page 120.

Silversmith Biography

Paul de Lamerie arrived in England with his Huguenot parents in or before 1689, having been baptized at 's Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in 1688. In 1703 he was apprenticed to the Huguenot goldsmith Pierre Platel, and after being admitted to the freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company, he registered his first mark and set up a workshop in Windmill Street, Soho, in 1712. He took thirteen apprentices between 1715 and 1749 who paid premiums varying between £10 and £45m In 1716 he married Louisa Juliott, also a Huguenot, and by her had six children, three of whom died in childhood. Little more of his personal history is known, although his career in the Goldsmiths' Company is comparatively well documented. By 1717, he was already referred to as 'the King's Silversmith' but again in a complaint 'for making and selling Great quantities of Large Plate which he doth not bring to Goldsmith's Hall to be mark't according to Law.' He joined the livery in 1717; fourteen years later he was elected to the court of assistants. In 1743 he was appointed fourth warden and in 1747 second warden; that he never became prime warden probably due to ill health. From the outset he had wealthy clients such as the Honourable George Treby and the Duke of Sutherland. Among his more important later patrons were Sir Robert Walpole, Baron Anson, and the fifth Earl of Mountrath. A gradual expansion of his business culminated in his move in 1739 to considerably larger premises in Gerrard street. His pre-eminent position in the trade is signified by the commission he received in 1740 from the Goldsmiths' Company to provide two of their most splendid pieces of ceremonial display plate, a silver-gilt inkstand and the famous rococo ewer and dish.

Description

Of scallop design on whelk feet. Naturalistically cast with irregular surface to the outside of the shells.

A Set of Four George II Butter Shells (1688 - London 1751) Reference: 23814.3