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Cup

  • Place of origin:

    London (assayed)

  • Date:

    1742-1743 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt raised, cast, chased and embossed

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.731:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 71, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries, case 2, shelf 1 []

Paul de Lamerie arrived in London as a small child with his parents in or before 1689. His father was Paul Souchay de la Merie, a Huguenot officer in William III's army, who took out denization in 1703, when the family were living in Berwick Street, Soho, in the heart of the newly established Huguenot community of craftsmen specializing in the production of luxury goods. In that same year, the younger Paul was apprenticed to the Huguenot goldsmith Pierre Platel, without paying a premium, when his father was described as a gentleman. After being admitted to the Freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1712, the guild which controlled the quality of silver production in London, Paul de Lamerie registered his first mark with the Company and set up a workshop in Windmill Street, Soho. A gradual expansion of his business culminated in his move in 1739 to considerably larger premises in Gerrard Street. De Lamerie had many wealthy and discerning clients, such as Sir Robert Walpole, first British prime minister, Baron Anson and the sixth earl of Mountrath, all these patrons are represented in the Gilbert Collection. De Lamerie was responsible for some of the most interesting and imaginative examples of English 18th century silver in the rococo style.

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. They assembled one of the largest groups of silver by Paul de Lamerie. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Two-handled, silver-gilt cup standing on a domed foot and of slightly waisted profile, cast and chased with infant bacchantes amidst flowers, foliage, and scrolls with satyr's and leopard's masks and vignettes of landscapes. The cover is domed in two stages: it has decoration similar to that on the cup and a finial in the form of a bunch of grapes surmounted by a lizard.

Place of Origin

London (assayed)

Date

1742-1743 (hallmarked)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt raised, cast, chased and embossed

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1742-3

Mark of Paul de Lamerie

Dimensions

Width: 24.5 cm, Height: 39.5 cm, Weight: 3194 g

Object history note

Provenance: Probably Hunt and Roskell, London. Earl Cowper. Sir Charles Jackson. Vicountess Gage, sale, Christie's, lot 33, November 24, 1971. Purchased from S. J. Shrubsole, Ltd., London, 1971.

Descriptive line

Two-handled silver-gilt, cast and chased cup and cover, London hallmarks for 1742-43, mark of Paul de Lamerie

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

Jackson, Charles James. An Illustrated History of English Plate, Ecclesiastical and Secular. 2 Vols. London: Country Life/B.T. Batsford, 1911, vol. 2, ill. opp. p. 730. Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, 1969.
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. pl. LXXIX, p. 107.
Hayward, J.F. Virtuoso goldsmiths and the triumph of Mannerism, 1540-1620. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications; New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1976, no. 9, pp. 114, 118-19.
'Rococo Silver in England and its Colonies': Papers from a symposium at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 2004. Silver Studies: The Journal of the Silver Society. London: The Silver Society, London, 2006. No. 20. Appendix 3.2, fig. 178.1, 178.3; Appendix 3.4, fig. 180, 181.1-4.
Jones, William Ezelle. Exhibition catalogue, Monumental silver: selections from the Gilbert Collection. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1977, cat. no. 18.

Labels and date

(Gallery 71, case 2)
3. Cup and cover
1742–43
The cup was probably designed by the Maynard Master, an unknown artist who worked for de Lamerie.
London, England; Paul de Lamerie (1688–1751), attributed to the Maynard Master
Gilded silver
Museum nos. Loan:Gilbert.731:1, 2-2008 [16/11/2016]

Materials

Silver-gilt

Techniques

Gilding; Raising; Casting; Chasing; Embossing

Subjects depicted

Lizard; Satyr; Scrolls; Autumn; Landscape; Grapes; Wine; Leopard; Mask; Foliage; Harvest; Flowers; Finials

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork; Containers; Silver

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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