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Basket

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1731-1732

38.1 cm length; 28.4 cm width; 10.2 cm height; 1852 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, Britannia standard, 1731-2, maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie

Heraldry: Arms of Paulet impaling Tufton for Nassau Paulet (1698-1741), son of Charles, 2nd Duke of Bolton, who married in 1731 Isabella, daughter of Thomas, 6th Earl of Thanet

Provenance: Nassau Paulet (d.1741); Major Sir Lionel Darell Bt, sale, Christie's, 13 May 1920, lot 64, to Dimmer

Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer, 1946; WA1946.81

T. Schroder (2009), no. 246

The basket is a form with which de Lamerie is closely identified and the development of his designs from the adopted R gence style through to rococo can be studied in the Museum collection. The first recorded basket with his mark dates from 1724 but ten of this example's design are known - the majority marked for 1731. The Regence strapwork in this design still persists, but with the waft of rococo scrolls and shells. The engraving on this group, and on most of de Lamerie's plate from this period is associated with the same anonymous hand.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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