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Tureen

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1736/37
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 11 7/8 x 13 7/8 x 10 3/8 in., 150 oz. 18 dwt. (30.2 x 35.2 x 26.4 cm, 4.694kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.7.99a–d
Not on view
This tureen, made to serve a spicy game stew known as oille, shows the design influence of French silver of the 1730s. It may have been made for the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a great Francophile who was so enamored of French cuisine that he hired a well-known French chef, Vincent La Chapelle, who introduced to England a new style of cuisine, richly sauced and subtly seasoned.
Inscription: Scratched inside cover: N=1.=

Scratched on bottom: N=1=161=16

Marking: [1] Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);
[2] Small Roman a in heraldic shield with pointed base and chamfered corners at top (London date letter for 1736–37);
[3] Lion's head;
[4] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[5] L A, with crown and star above, fleur-de-lis below (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie, entered 1712);
[6] unreadable mark.

Location of marks:
[1]–[6] on bottom of tureen, [1] struck over [4]
[1]–[3] inside cover
Rt. Hon. Montagu Swaythling (until 1924; sale, Christie's, London, May 6–7, 1924, no. 22; sold for £377/5); Jules S. Bache , New York (until d. 1944; to MMA)
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