An excellent quality antique sterling silver salver of plain form and raised on heavy cast shell feet. Simple Bath border. Good weight and patina. To the front is a well executed, hand engraved armorial and crest within a decorative cartouche. Weight 1970 grams, 63.3 troy ounces. Diameter 39.5 cms. Height 5 cms. London 1735. Maker Peze Pilleau, the highly regarded Hugeunot maker.
Biography – Peze Pilleau, apprenticed to John Chartier in 1710, entered his first two marks as largeworker between 1720 and 1724. Married Henriette, daughter of John Chartier, in 1724. Worked until 1755. Died 1776. Grimwade refers to Peze’s work as comparatively rare, though characterised by fine proportion and finish. Heal records him as goldsmith and maker of artificial teeth. The Pilleau family had a long history as goldsmiths and silversmiths. The earliest recorded member of the family is Alexis Pilleau who executed a reliquary for the cathedral of Le Mains in 1612.