George II Silver Mug by Paul de Lamerie

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Object Description

An excellent antique sterling silver tankard by this important and sought after Huguenot silversmith. With the plain style typical of this date this mug has an attractive baluster shape on a spreading foot and has a simple S scroll handle. Contains 300 ml, half pint. Good patina. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 234 grams, 9.4 troy ounces. Height 9.5 cms. Diameter 7 cms (top). Spread across handle 11 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie

Biography – 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 and was appointed goldsmith to George I in 1716. 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, 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.

Object Condition

This rare silver mug is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Good gauge silver. Full set of English silver hallmarks. Good patina. The engraving is still crisp/

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.

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