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A silver tureen covered in carved flowers, shell texture, and snakes.

A silver tureen which sits on a base which resembles the coils of a snake which spill outward. The body of the vessel is covered in arched parallel lines, between which the texture of other arches run perpendicular, creating a scalloped texture. This pattern is obscured by a garland of flowers which comes down from the top edge. The handle starts with a floral shape on the back of the tureen which stretches down into a thin curved piece of silver which can be held.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul De Lamerie, British (Bois-le-Duc 1688 - 1751 London)
Cream or Milk Jug
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
George II (1727-1760)
Persistent Link


Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions

8.9 × 12.4 × 6.9 cm (3 1/2 × 4 7/8 × 2 11/16 in.)
213 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: under base, struck: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • maker's mark: under base, struck: [mark of Paul de Lamerie] [Hare, no. 5]


Recorded Ownership History
Lord Swaything, London, sold [through his sale, Christie's, London, May 6, 1924, lot 13]. Archibald Alexander Hutchinson, New York, bequest; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1949.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Archibald A. Hutchinson, Esq.
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Cast, the shell-shaped body on openwork tri-form foot formed as an entwined snake, the sides resembling the flutes and spiralling of a shell with foliage descending from the rim, the front with a lizard, the openwork handle formed as a trailing leafy tendril hended by a flowerhead set assymetrically to the body.

Publication History

  • Silver by Paul de Lamerie, exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, 1956), no. 55
  • Susan Hare, ed., Paul de Lamerie, At the Sign of The Golden Ball: The Work of England's Master Silversmith (1688-1751), The Goldsmiths' Company (England, 1990), p. 164
  • Judith A. Neiswander, "Transatlantic Treasures", Country Life, Country Life (London, July 9, 1992), p. 58, fig. 4
  • Beth Carver Wees, English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, exh. cat., Hudson Hills Press (New York, 1997), p. 166
  • Christopher Hartop, British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass. and New Haven, 2007), pp. 147-148, cat. no. 125, repr. p. 147, details repr. p. 146-147; repr. in b/w on jacket front flap and p. 264.

Exhibition History

  • Silver by Paul de Lamerie in America, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 11/10/1956 - 12/02/1956
  • 32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/2019 - 12/31/2024

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