Nicholas Sprimont

(1715—1771) goldsmith and porcelain manufacturer

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(bapt Liège, 23 Jan 1716; d London, 22 June 1771). Flemish silversmith, designer and porcelain manufacturer, active in England. The largest collections of Sprimont's rare silver pieces are in the British Royal Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His marked pieces range only from 1742-3 to 1747, but it has been suggested that before 1743 he had some work marked by Paul Crespin, a neighbour in Compton Street. Discussion has centred on four great sculptural centrepieces, similar in style yet with varying marks: a tureen (1740; Toledo, OH, Mus. A.) with the mark of Crespin; a silver-gilt centrepiece (1741; Brit. Royal Col.) for Frederick, Prince of Wales, also with the mark of Crespin; the Ashburnham Centrepiece (1747; London, V&A), with the mark of Sprimont; and an epergne (c. 1760; Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.), with the mark of Parker & Wakelin. Sprimont's particular gifts included rare competence as a designer, draughtsman and modeller, and Crespin and others would have had reason to use his talents and his models.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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