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Paul Storr Commemorative Silver Tray
- This silver tray was created by renowned London silversmith Paul Storr
- Known as the master of Late Georgian and Regency silver, Storr's work is unparalleled
- Engraved on its edge is the coat of arms of Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar
- Storr always imparted the highest level of craftsmanship and superior quality to his pieces
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During the Napoleonic Wars, England seized Mauritius from the French and installed Farquhar as its first governor. With Farquhar as leader, the island quickly saw economic and social changes, becoming an important hub of transcontinental cultural and artistic life. His anti-slavery effort was met with resistance from many powerful parties, yet he pushed through with reforms. In 1817 he took a three-year hiatus from the post, and the country was so grateful for his service and hopeful that he would return, they gifted to him this exceptional tray by the most important silversmith in Regency England, Paul Storr.
Paul Storr is considered the greatest English silversmith of the Regency era, and his beautifully ornate silver reflected the rapidly changing world in which he lived. After the Napoleonic Wars, the British Empire rose to immense power. Increased wealth fueled changes in social customs, which in turn created a great demand for elaborate pieces for entertaining in the home. As a result, Storr’s silver was coveted by many affluent patrons, including royalty. King George III and the Prince of Wales were both frequent patrons. Storr’s works are highly sculptural yet perfectly functional, standing as exceptional examples of fine decorative art.
Hallmarked London, 1818
18 3/8" high x 27 3/8" wide x 3" deep