Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Epergne

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1738–39
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 × 21 3/4 × 20 in. (20.3 × 55.2 × 50.8 cm); Overall (cover (b)): 14 1/4 × 12 1/2 in. (36.2 × 31.8 cm); Diameter (dishes (c–f), each): 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm); Greates diagonal: 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Widener and Mrs. Eleanor Widener Dixon, 1958
Accession Number:
58.7.1a–f
Not on view
Inscription: Motto for Capel: Fide et Fortudine [trans.: By fidelity and fortitude]

Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Small Roman d (London date letter for 1739–40);
[3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] PL script, crown above, pellet between and below (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie, entered 1739);
[5] Small Roman c (London date letter for 1738–39);
[6] PL, pellet between, crown and mullet above, fleur-de-lis below (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie, entered 1732).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on underside of center bowl
[1], [2], [5], [6] on underside of four round dishes
George D. Widener ; Mrs. Eleanor Elkins Rice (until 1958; to MMA)
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