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SALVER WITH SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

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SALVER WITH SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

Made by: Storr & Mortimer

Currently in storage


About this object

Paul Storr stands out as one the most notable silversmiths of the English Regency and George IV periods. His remarkable reputation rests on his mastery of the grandiose neoclassical style that developed during the Regency as well as his monumental pieces in a florid Rococo style, of which this salver is an eloquent example. Twelve signs of the zodiac, each chased on a stippled ground and enclosed within foliate scrolls, enliven this large and heavy round salver. Decorating the center is a monogram, engraved later, with mirrored letters L C and the years 1837 and 1887. The scalloped edges, which were cast and chased separately, have knuckled volutes that alternate with four female masks surrounded by garlands and foliate scrolls.

The large round salver has scalloped edges. It is chased and embossed with the twelve signs of the Zodiac on a stippled ground, each encircled with foliate scrolls. In the center is a later engraved monogram with mirrored letters L C and the years 1837 and 1887. The scalloped edges have knuckled volutes alternating with four female masks surrounded by garlands and foliate scrolls, and four shell cartouches each containing a game animal or bird. Four rococo leaf-and-scroll supports spring from the heads.

Category:
silverwork
Object name:
SALVER WITH SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
Made from:
Silver
Made in:
ENGLAND: London
Date made:
1827
Size:
63.5 cm (25 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.408
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
MARK STAMP DATE MONOGRAM on the bottom on border, twice: Lion passant (sterling fineness, 1821-1856) Leopard's head (London Assay office, 1821-1856) Date letter M (1827) King's head (Duty mark, George IV) PS in cartouche (maker Paul Storr) center back, stamped: Storr & Mortimer on border, stamped: 1827 in center: 1837 1887, L's G's? (monogram is hard to read)
Credit line:
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Riggs, 1974
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"