Paul de Lamerie British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

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.

Tureen, Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51), Silver, British, London

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