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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries

Tureen

1819-1820 (hallmarked)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Containers for sauce such as this were, like the sauce they held, a French innovation. A typical dinner service might have four sauce tureens, although as many as ten might be required for the largest and grandest dinners.

Design & Designing
The ornate Rococo style of this tureen, with exuberant naturalistic acorn, oak leaf and shell decoration, and scrolled feet, was advanced taste at the time. Its design proved popular and was made, in some quantity, with minor variations from 1810.

People
The design of this tureen is attributed to Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867) on the evidence of a drawing in the V&A. Baily was a skilled modeller who trained under the sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826) and worked for the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, from 1815 to1833. He was appointed chief modeller at Rundell's after Flaxman's death in 1826.

Trading
This tureen was probably sold by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the firm which dominated the London silversmithing trade in the period 1800-1830. Paul Storr (1771-1844), whose mark appears on the tureen, was a partner in the business and managed the workshop from 1808 to 1819.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Tureen
  • Cover (Closure)
  • Liner
Materials and Techniques
Silver, the body raised, the handles and feet cast and chased
Brief Description
Sauce tureen
Dimensions
  • Height: 25.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Paul Storr at the Dean St workshop of Rundell Bridge and Rundell; Tureen: maker, duty, sterling, date, leopard, plus "1999"; Liner: maker, duty, sterling, date; Lid: maker, date, sterling; Handle: maker, duty, sterling
Gallery Label
British Galleries: Regency Classicism could be somewhat severe. Those who followed the Prince Regent's taste for more decorative French styles, often chose designs on the scrolled shapes and naturalistic decorative motifs of the Rococo style that had first been fashionable 80 years earlier.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Made by Paul Storr (born in Westminster, 1771, died in Tooting, 1844) probably for the London firm of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell; design attributed to Edward Hodges Baily (born in Bristol, 1788, died in 1867)



E.H. Baily ( 1788-1867 ) was a skilled modeller who trained under the sculptor John Flaxman. He worked for the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell from 1815 - 1833. He was appointed chief modeller at Rundells after Flaxman's death in 1826.The design of the tureen is attributed to Edward Hodges Baily on the evidence of a drawing in the Prints and Drawings department of the V&A. The ornate rococo style of the tureens was advanced taste at the time.
Summary
Object Type
Containers for sauce such as this were, like the sauce they held, a French innovation. A typical dinner service might have four sauce tureens, although as many as ten might be required for the largest and grandest dinners.

Design & Designing
The ornate Rococo style of this tureen, with exuberant naturalistic acorn, oak leaf and shell decoration, and scrolled feet, was advanced taste at the time. Its design proved popular and was made, in some quantity, with minor variations from 1810.

People
The design of this tureen is attributed to Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867) on the evidence of a drawing in the V&A. Baily was a skilled modeller who trained under the sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826) and worked for the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, from 1815 to1833. He was appointed chief modeller at Rundell's after Flaxman's death in 1826.

Trading
This tureen was probably sold by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the firm which dominated the London silversmithing trade in the period 1800-1830. Paul Storr (1771-1844), whose mark appears on the tureen, was a partner in the business and managed the workshop from 1808 to 1819.
Bibliographic Reference
Charles Oman, "A Problem of Artistic Responsibility: The Firm of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell" in Apollo March 1966
Collection
Accession Number
473 to B-1864

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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