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Paul Storr George III Sterling Silver Covered Tureen on Stand, London, 1799/1800

Magnificent covered tureen by one of England's finest silversmiths.

21 inches long by 13 inches high


This rare covered tureen on stand is an early and striking example of Paul Storr's classical silver. Exceptional water leaves flow down the domed center of the stand with foliate, scroll handles and borders of a gadrooned outer edge with classical banding.

The stately tureen fits onto an oval ring. Its cover is also covered with water leaves emanating from a lovely handle of entwined snakes. The body of the tureen repeats the gadrooned edge around its rim and uses the same classical banding to frame diagonal fluting.

Twisting snakes along with this impressive border and water-leaves are displayed on a 1802-03 tea-kettle on stand, which was in the 'Collection of the Duke of Manchester.' (1)

This design is attributed to Jean-Jacques Boileau, as evident in a design drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection (see here) of a tureen on stand also incorporating water leaves in its design with a very similar snake handle.

Engraved on both sides of the tureen are later (not recent) armorials, including a coat-of-arms with the motto 'GRADATIM' on the body and the crest of a crescent engraved on both sides of the cover and stand. These armorials belong to a Scottish branch of the Anderson family.

The Rt. Honorable Lords Hesketh owned a matching tureen sold by Sotheby's at the Easton Neston sale May 17-19, 2005, lot 938. Both tureens have later arms, and it is likely they were originally a pair that came on the market in the early 20th century. This tureen is numbered, two on the body and lid and one on the stand. Almost certainly, the Hesketh tureen is number one, and the stand is number two. This sort of mixing is common when pairs or sets are separated.

This Paul Storr masterpiece is fully hallmarked on all parts. This comes from a pair of tureens as the cover and tureen are identified with two small dots, and the stand has one dot. The stand measures 21 inches long by 13 inches wide. The tureen measures 18 inches across the handles, by 9.25 inches deep, by 11.5 inches high. Together, they measure 13 inches tall and have a combined weight of 236.15 troy ounces. This amazing tureen is in excellent antique condition, with, as noted above, later armorials. Also, as stated above, the body and lid are number two of the likely pair, and the base is number one.


N.M. Penzer, Paul Storr, 1771-1844 Silversmith and Goldsmith, edition 1971, first published in 1954, (Hazell, Watson & Viney, Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks), pp.114-115.