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Acquired in 1939 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Lamerie, Paul de
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
MET
credit
Bequeathed by Ethel Gurney
date_end
1736-12-31
date_start
1735-01-01
date_text
1735-1736 (hallmarked)
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dimensions
Height: 11.7 cm, Width: 10.1 cm, Depth: 7.6 cm
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exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 53b
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historical_significance
history_note
Made by the London workshop of Paul de Lamerie (born in Bois-le-Duc, The Netherlands, about 1688, died in London, 1751)
id
13209
label
British Galleries: By the 1730s, the rectangular shape for tea canisters was becoming old-fashioned. However, the silversmith brought it up to date with motifs in the new Rococo style. The chased C-scrolls, shells, masks and floral garlands, and the engraved angled surround for the armorials, all became standard Rococo devices. [27/03/2003]
last_checked
2014-08-29T20:09:31.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T20:09:31.000Z
latitude
51.506321
location
British Galleries, room 53b, case 2
longitude
-0.12714
marks
Engraved with the crest and arms of Knife and another family
materials
materials_techniques
Silver
museum_number
M.156:1, 2-1939
museum_number_token
m1561939
object_number
O10924
object_type
Tea caddy
on_display
1
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original_price
physical_description
Tea caddy, one of a pair with case
place
London
primary_image_id
2006AM6797
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public_access_description
Object Type Tea was a highly prized commodity, often kept in locked containers. Elegant tea wares were popular, as tea was made in the drawing room by the hostess rather than in the kitchen by the servants. Form and Decoration The distinctive fluted angles and sloping shoulders of this canister mark a development from the traditional forms of the early 18th century, and would appear to have first been used by Paul de Lamerie in 1731 in a highly-individual response to the early stages of the Rococo style. It became a standard form, adopted by many silversmiths in Britain from the late 1730s. The characteristic decorative motifs of asymmetrical C-scrolls, foliage and shellwork have been overlaid onto the canister, emphasising the movement of the curved angles and shoulders of the body. The richly chased cover, shoulders and base are in marked contrast to the central section, which has been left unornamented to accentuate a large expanse of smooth, shimmering surface, ideal for engraving. The heart-shaped cartouche, set within scrolls and different types of foliage, is typical of British engraved ornament of the period, which was based on widely-available French ornamental prints. Use The sliding panel of the lid has a hinged handle, and would have been drawn back for filling or dispensing tea leaves. The very precise technical manufacture of these sliding lids would ensure the canister remained completely airtight. The pair to this canister is engraved with the letter 'S', indicating that it held sugar.
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rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
tea-caddy-lamerie-paul-de
sys_updated
2014-08-14T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1736
year_start
1735