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Pair of scallop shells

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1734/35
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (.61 confirmed): 1 5/16 x 5 1/16 x 4 7/16 in., 6 oz. 7 dwt. (3.3 x 12.8 x 11.3 cm, 0.198kg)' Overall (.62 confirmed): 1 3/16 x 5 1/16 x 4 7/16 in., 6 oz. 11 dwt. (3 x 12.8 x 11.3 cm, 0.204kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alfred Duane Pell, 1924
Accession Number:
25.15.61, .62
Not on view
In the first decades of the eighteenth century, fashionable English households adopted a taste for French cuisine. Silver dinner services were expanded to accommodate the new, elaborate sauces, soups, gratins, and fricassees. These naturalistic shells may have been used to serve oysters, sauce, or possibly butter.
Marking: (.61)
[1] T, in shield (London date letter for 1734–35);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] P L pellet between, star and crown above, fleur-de-lys below (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie);
[4] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark).

(.62)
[1] P L pellet between, star and crown above, fleur-de-lys below (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie);
[2] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] T, in shield (London date-letter for 1734–35).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on underside, near the hinge.
Reverend Alfred Duane Pell (until 1925; bequeathed to MMA)
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