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Bowl

Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (assayed)

  • Date:

    1723-1724 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paul de Lamerie, born 1688 - died 1751 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Raised, cast, chased, punched and engraved silver

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.652-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This bowl and its accompanying dish, still in brilliant condition, were made for John Spencer, grandson of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. They were formerly at the Spencer family home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire, where the bowl was traditionally used for christenings.

When the Catholic King Louis XIV revoked the religiously tolerant Edict of Nantes in 1685, Huguenots (French Protestants) were forced to leave the country. Many were craftsmen who settled in London. Their technical skills and fashionable French style ensured the luxury silver, furniture, watches and jewellery they made were highly sought after. Huguenot specialists transformed English silver by introducing higher standards of craftsmanship. They promoted new forms, such as the soup tureen and sauceboat, and introduced a new repertoire of ornament, with cast sculptural details and exquisite engraving.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

The circular bowl stands on a stepped, spreading foot chased with a band of shells, scrolls and foliage on a punched matted ground, the sides are nearly straight, chased with broad vertical fluting and a shaped everted lip, the Spencer and Carteret families' coat of arms is engraved in the centre.

Place of Origin

London, England (assayed)

Date

1723-1724 (hallmarked)

Artist/maker

Paul de Lamerie, born 1688 - died 1751 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Raised, cast, chased, punched and engraved silver

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved with the arms of the Spencer and Carteret families
London hallmarks for 1723-4
Mark of Paul de Lamerie

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 cm, Diameter: 20.2 cm, Weight: 1000 g

Object history note

Provenance: The Hon. John Spencer, Althorp, Northamponshire. By descent to the earls Spencer. Purchased from S.J. Phillips, Ltd,. London, 1981.

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1723-4, mark of Paul de Lamerie

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Phillips, P.A.S. Paul de Lamerie, citizen and goldsmith of London: A study of his life and work, 1688-1757. London: B.T. Batsford, 1935, p.79, pls. XXVI-XXVII
Grimwade, Arthur. 'Silver at Althorp III: The Huguenot Period', The Connoisseur, 153, June 1963, p. 91
Clayton, Michael. The Collector's dictionary of the silver and gold of Great Britain and North America. London: Country Life Books/Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1971, p.30 & p.33, no. 45.
Grimwade, Arthur. Rococo Silver, 1727-1765. London: Faber and Faber, 1974. pp. 5-6, pl. 1. ISBN.0671105262
Clayton, Michael. The Collector's dictionary of the silver and gold of Great Britain and North America. 2nd ed. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 1985, p. 43, no. 45.
Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat. no. 43, pp. 180-83. ISBN.0875871445

Labels and date

Bowl
1723–4
This bowl was made for John Spencer, grandson of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. The bowl and accompanying dish, were formerly at the Spencer family home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire, where the bowl was traditionally used for christenings.
London, England; Paul de Lamerie (1688–1751)
Silver
Engraved with arms of the Spencer and Carteret families
Museum nos. Loan:Gilbert.652-2008 [2009]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Engraving (incising); Casting; Chasing; Raising; Punching

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms

Categories

Metalwork; Food vessels & Tableware

Collection code

MET

Qr_O156692
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