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Tray of tea table

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1734-1735

62.4 cm length; 47.2 cm width; 6001 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1734-5, maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie

Heraldry: Arms of Mills of Essex

Provenance: Sale, Newcastle (?), bought by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company

Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer, 1946; WA1946.95

T. Schroder (2009), no. 101

This tray is among the largest and most imposing trays from the period. While several other makers evidently produced comparable trays, they seem to be a speciality of de Lamerie's workshop. The most impressive examples are decorated with this tray's style of engraving, done apparently by the same hand. At least seven falls into this group and are hallmarked between 1733 and 1741. The engraver responsible seems to have worked exclusively for de Lamerie on a variety of plate over this period, including a fine group of pieces bearing the Hasell family arms, leading the artist responsible to be dubbed the 'Hasell engraver'.

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

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