This is a wonderful English antique silver pair of salt dishes by the world famous silversmith Paul Storr. They have hallmarks for London 1808. They have wonderful gadrooned edges and stand on exquisitely made bases. They each have a coat of arms showing a sailor holding an anchor with the French inscription "GARDE BIEN" which means "take care" or in modern parlance " watch your back" There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is sure to make them a treasured piece by any discerning collector. Paul Storr Paul Storr, born in London England in 1771, was to become one of the most talented silversmiths of the nineteenth century. Today his legacy of exceptionally well crafted silver, found worldwide in museums and private collections, leaves one in awe when compared to that of his contemporaries.After having served a seven year apprenticeship from the age of 14, he began his career in 1792 when he went into a brief partnership with William Frisbee. This did not last and in 1793 a new mark, (his initials ?P S?) was entered. By the beginning of the nineteenth century he had established himself as one of London?s top silversmiths producing, amongst others, commissions for Royalty. In 1801 he married Elizabeth Susanna Beyer with whom he was to have ten children. In 1807 Paul Storr entered into a working relationship with Philip Rundell and by 1811 was a partner, and managing the workshops for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. During this period he kept his own marks and separate workshop. However it was through Rundell, Bridge & Rundell who were appointed Goldsmith in Ordinary to George III in 1804 that his reputation as a master silversmith grew. His talents lay in being able to transform ideas and designs from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell?s designers, William Theed II, the chief modeller and head of the design department, and later John Flaxman II who succeeded him in 1817. During this period Rundell, Bridge & Rundell?s reputation grew due to the patronage of the Prince Regent (later George IV). Dimensions: They are each 9cm in diameter x 6cm in height They weigh approximately 9 troy ozs. Condition: These handsome salts are in excellent condition. Please see photos for confirmation of condition.
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