In the style of Paul de Lamerie. A handsome sterling silver tureen in the 18th century Hugeunot style. Classic oval shape and excellent quality. Every attention has been paid to detail and the cast silver mounts are superbly executed. The body and lid are engraved with foliate, fish scale and shell friezes. Weight 2503 grams, 80.4 troy ounces. Height to top of finial 19 cms. Spread across the handles 32 cms. Top 25.5 x 19.5 cms. Birmingham 1950. Maker Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company.
Biography – This company was established in 1880 by William Gibson and John Lawrence Langman using premises at 112 Regent Street, London, previously John Joseph Mechi. In 1893 the firm took over The Goldsmiths’ Alliance Ltd (late A.B. Savory & Sons) becoming in 1898 the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, active as jewellers, dealers in diamonds and precious stones, silversmiths, electroplaters and watch and clock makers. In 1952 Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd was amalgamated with Garrard & Co Ltd. This prestigious company exhibited at home and abroad including the Indian and Colonial Exhibition (London, 1886), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), California (1894), Paris (1900) and Franco-British Exhibition (London, 1908). The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co were manufacturers with workshops in Newcastle Place, Clerkenwell; Regent Works, Sheffield and Rue St George, Paris and also retailer of items supplied by various British gold and silver manufacturers (Martin Hall & Co Ltd, W&G Sissons, Wakely & Wheeler, William Comyns, Harrison Brothers & Howson, etc.)