Paul Crespin

(1694—1770) goldsmith

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(b London, 1694; d Southampton, 25 Jan 1770). English goldsmith of Huguenot descent. He entered his first marks between July 1720 and December 1721 and established a workshop in Old Compton Street, Soho, London. An early example of his chasing skill can be seen on a cruet stand (1721; Colonial Williamsburg, VA), the rim of which is decorated with hunting scenes. He had a large number of aristocratic patrons to whom he supplied table services, ornate centrepieces, two-handled cups, tureens, candlesticks and such smaller items as spice-boxes. He drew on French designs in work such as the silver gilt ice buckets (1732; Blenheim Pal., Oxon), for example, which he made for Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough. Among the most remarkable examples of his work are the tureen and salver (1741; Toledo, OH, Mus. A.) made for Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset; the tureen is majestically supported on the backs of two goats amid a profusion of fruits. Crespin may have collaborated with Nicholas Sprimont (whose shop was nearby) on a silver gilt centrepiece made for Frederick, Prince of Wales (1741; London, Brit. Royal Col., Buckingham Palace).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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