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Paul Storr (1771-1844)

Set of four tureens hallmarks 1802-4

Silver gilt | 45.0 x 46.5 x 46.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 51695

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  • A set of four silver-gilt tureens with covers, liners and stands. The tureen has two term handles cast as Diana of Ephesus (a many-breasted goddess of fertility with a crown), and a frieze of relief scenes of figures sacrificing and winged Egyptian masks, on a gadrooned stem flanked by four sphinxes on a square base with incurved sides. The cover has an entwined snake handle within a beaded reserve, and a band of lotus leaves. The circular stand is chased with roundels and lozenges and stands on four winged paw feet.

    The tureens form part of the Grand Service which included a number of objects decorated with Egyptian motifs, derived from such publications as Percier and Fontaine's Recueil de décorations intérieures of 1801 and Vivant Denon's Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte of 1802. It is possible that the designer of these tureens was Jean-Jacques Boileau. A nearly identical pair of tureens by Storr, dated 1806/7, belonged to George IV's brother, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.
    Provenance

    Bought by George IV, when Prince Regent, together with a set of four smaller tureens en suite (RCIN 51696) in June 1811, for £4498 13s 9d.

  • Medium and techniques

    Silver gilt

    Measurements

    45.0 x 46.5 x 46.5 cm (whole object)

  • Category
  • Alternative title(s)

    Tureen (part of the Grand Service)