Georgian Silver: The Art of Elegance and Craftsmanship
Georgian silver refers to silver hollowware and silverware made mostly in England in the early 18th to early 19th century, during the reigns of George I, II, III and IV. This period was marked by political stability, economic prosperity and cultural refinement, which were reflected in the quality and style of Georgian silver.
The Characteristics of Georgian Silver
Georgian silver is characterized by its use of sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, mostly copper. English Georgian sterling silver was stamped with a lion passant mark to indicate its purity and authenticity, and it was also hallmarked with marks to indicate the city of origin, the date of manufacture, the duty paid and the maker’s name.
Georgian silver was influenced by various artistic styles and movements, such as Rococo, Neoclassical, Adam, Regency and Gothic Revival. Often decorated with elaborate motifs, such as floral and foliate patterns, shells, scrolls, swags, urns and masks, Georgian silver was also known for its elegant forms and proportions, such as baluster shapes, domed covers, spouts and handles.
Georgian silver was made for various refined occasions, such as dining, drinking, serving, lighting and dressing. Some of the most common types of Georgian silver include tea sets, coffee pots, candlesticks, candelabra, sauce boats, tureens, salvers, trays, baskets, tankards, cups, spoons and forks. Georgian silver was also used to make jewelry, snuff boxes, watches and other luxury items.
The Appeal of Georgian Silver TodayGeorgian silver is still admired and sought after today for its timeless beauty and exquisite craftsmanship. Georgian silver can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any table setting or interior space. Georgian silver can also be a great choice for collectors who appreciate its beauty and craftsmanship.
At M.S. Rau, we offer a stunning selection of rare and fine Georgian silver for sale online or in our New Orleans gallery. You can find exquisite examples of Georgian silver from various eras and styles, featuring high-quality materials and artistic expression. Whether you are looking for a tea set, a candlestick, a salver or a snuff box, you can find your perfect piece of Georgian silver at M.S. Rau.
Browse our collection of Georgian silver today and discover why this style is one of the most elegant and sophisticated in history.