George II Antique Silver Tureen


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Object Description

An outstanding quality early English silver tureen made by an important Huguenot maker of the period. Handsome plain design. This large sized serving dish with matching cover is of oval bellied form with applied decorative mounts, heavy cast silver side handles and feet, and a lid finial in the form of an eagle. The Turk’s head masks displayed to both sides of the lid are an interesting feature. With a hand engraved crest (for the Armistead family) to the front of the body and the lid. Good colour. Very heavy gauge silver.

Weight 3731 grams, 119 troy ounces.
Height 23cm. Spread across handles 41cm. Top measures 33 x 22cm.
London 1739.
Maker Peter Archambo.
Sterling silver.

Excellent size suitable for vegetables, soups and stews.

Marks. The tureen and lid are both stamped to the underside with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks. The lion mark to the body is rubbed.

Maker: Peter Archambo

Peter Archambo, apprenticed to Huguenot maker Jacob Margas 1710, free of the Butchers Company 1720. First mark (Britannia) entered as largeworker 1721. Second mark (Sterling) 1722. 3rd mark 1739. Died c.1767.

Archambo is considered an important maker of the period and worked extensively for George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. His works include a remarkable wine urn 1728, a wine cistern 1729, and much dinner plate, salvers, sauceboats and baskets. Archambo is credited (alongside other distinguished compatriots) with helping to introduce the rococo style into England. His work is described as French in influence.

Archambo’s son Peter Archambo II, apprenticed to Paul de Lamerie 1738, turned over to his father same day, free 1747. Mark entered in partnership with his cousin Peter Meure as largeworkers 1750. Died 1768.

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Object Literature

Antique Silver Tureens with side carrying handles were introduced during the reign of George II. The lid /cover helped to keep the contents warm. They are generally oval shaped, although they can be round or rectangular. Some have detachable liners and/or matching stands.

Object Condition

This handsome serving tureen is in very good condition. The lid and body are fully matching and fit well together. Minor wear to the engraved crests. Shows moderate signs of wear commensurate with age as would be expected.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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