George II Silver Tea Kettle by Paul de Lamerie

  • This George II-period tea kettle on stand is a shining example of Paul de Lamerie's skill
  • De Lamerie is recognized as one of the most important craftsmen of all time
  • His Georgian silver works in the Rococo style are among the finest ever made
  • This tea kettle, with its expert ornamentation, embodies his mastery of his craft
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Item No. 31-3194

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Paul de Lamerie was not only recognized as the greatest silversmith of his age, but also as one of the most important craftsmen of all time. This George II-period tea kettle on stand is a shining example of this artisan's famed skill, formed in the Rococo style that dominated de Lamerie's later career. De Lamerie was a master at bringing together the high relief of rococo with the softness of flat chasing, and the two decorative effects are brilliantly utilized in this piece.

Foliage and rocaille adorn the shoulder and spout, while the stand features elaborate foliate scroll supports with an intricate openwork design. One side of the kettle is engraved with a crest in a rococo cartouche, while a charming pinecone serves as the finial. Through every stylistic nuance exhibited in this design, it is clear why de Lamerie's works are considered among the finest English silver ever created. A very similar example can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Hallmarked London, 1746

9 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" deep x 14 1/4" high

Exhibited:
Silver and Ceramics for Exotic Beverages: Wares for Punch, Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea 1686-1805, The Forty-First Washington Antiques Show, November 20-December 3, 1995
George II Silver Tea Kettle by Paul de Lamerie
Maker: de Lamerie, Paul
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Tea & Coffee Pots/Services
Depth: 6.5 Inches
Width: 9.5 Inches
Height: 14.25 Inches
Style: Georgian

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