Paul de Lamerie

(1688—1751) goldsmith

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(b Bois-le-Duc [now s’Hertogenbosch], 9 April 1688; d London, 1 Aug 1751). English silversmith of Dutch birth. He was one of the leading silversmiths in England in the first half of the 18th century and was renowned for his innovative designs and technical proficiency. He was the son of French Huguenot parents who had emigrated to the Netherlands before settling in London by 1691. In 1703 he was apprenticed to Pierre Platel, a Huguenot goldsmith working in the French Régence style, and continued as Platel's journeyman after 1711. De Lamerie registered the first of the five makers’ marks of his career (two were not registered) at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, in 1713 and set up a workshop on Windmill Street. His early work is in the simple, unornamented Queen Anne style (e.g. kettle and stand with lamp, 1713; Oxford, Ashmolean). Commissioned wares are more impressive, as illustrated by a pair of sconces (1713-15; Los Angeles, CA, Gilbert priv. col., on loan to Los Angeles, CA, Co. Mus. A.) in the French Régence style for Thomas Foley, Baron Foley of Kidderminster.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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