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Kettle

  • Place of origin:

    London (assayed)

  • Date:

    1730-1731 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast, raised, chased, flat-chased, embossed, wickerwork

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.672:1 to 3-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 71, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries, case 2, shelf 3 []

The kettle became a standard item in the silver tea service around 1710. The vertical ribs of this kettle and its dolphin-mask feet were inspired by early 17th century Dutch silver, which imitated natural forms. The maker Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was the son of French Huguenot parents and came to London in the 1690s as a small child, before going on to become the most successful Huguenot smith in the city.

When the Catholic King Louis XIV revoked the 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

Silver kettle, stand and lamp. The kettle is of compressed spherical form on a rim foot and with a curved spout, chased overall with a design of six broad vertical panels of stylized waves between fluid vertebral mouldings, the handle is insulated with wickerwork. The stand rests on three feet chased with narrow panels of scalework. The lamp is chased with a pattern similar to that of the kettle and its detachable cover is chased around the border with quatrefoils, rosettes, scrolls and shells.

Place of Origin

London (assayed)

Date

1730-1731 (hallmarked)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast, raised, chased, flat-chased, embossed, wickerwork

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1730-31
Under the base of the kettle

Mark of Paul de Lamerie
Under the base of the kettle

Britannia standard
Under the base of the kettle

Dimensions

Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 22.7 cm, Depth: 18 cm, Weight: 2180 g

Object history note

Provenance: Richard Ogden Ltd., 1973.

Historical context note

The kettle became a standard item in the silver tea service by about 1710. Tea was served in the Drawing Room or Parlour by the lady of the house. Contemporary paintings demonstrate that the tea kettle was placed adjacent to the tea pot so that this could be conveniently replenished as required.

Descriptive line

Silver kettle stand and lamp, Paul de Lamerie, London, 1730-31

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

Hillier, Bevis. 'The Gilbert Collection of Silver'. The Connoisseur, June 1976, vol. 192, no. 3, pp.114-15, 118.
Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat.no.48, pp.197-199.
Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat. no. 48, pp. 197-9. ISBN.0875871445
no.4
Jones, William Ezelle, Monumental Silver: Selections from the Gilbert Collection. Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977
no.4
Gilbert, Arthur. Monumental Silver: The Gilbert Collection, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1974

Labels and date

(Gallery 71, case 2)
13. Kettle, stand and lamp
1730–31
This kettle was made in the years between the jug (11) and the sauceboat (12). It combines the symmetry of the sauceboat and the strong, contoured lines of the jug.
London, England; Paul de Lamerie (1688–1751)
Silver
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.672:1 to 3-2008 [16/11/2016]

Production Note

The kettle is raised and embossed , and the spout is cst in identical halves and soldered to the body. The stand and lamp are cast is various sections and assembled.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Raising; Casting; Chasing; Embossing; Wicker working; Flat chasing

Subjects depicted

Rosettes; Scroll feet; Shell (motif); Dolphin feet; Quatrefoils; Gadroons; Scrolls (motifs)

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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