Salver

Salver

1750

fabricated by

Paul Jacques de Lamerie

(British, 1688-1751)

Silver

Overall: 6.4 x 47 x 47 cm (2 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)

30.2019

Description

Silver in British Life,1600–1820

Linked as it was to the coin of the realm, silver fulfilled a prominent role in projecting wealth, status, power, and ritual in British life during the 1600s and 1700s. Styles largely followed the taste of the reigning monarch and thus reflected the political and social alliances that underpinned the aristocracy.

The arrival of silversmiths from continental Europe infused Dutch, French, and German influences within established English taste. Elaborate forms such as two-handled cups, trophies, trays, and centerpieces not only represented wealth in their sheer silver weight but also provided royal and aristocratic owners a surface for displaying engraved coats of arms, projecting identity and social status. Less wealthy individuals made do with more functional items such as tankards, cups, or other domestic accessories. By the early 1820s, silver had become a firmly established status symbol across British society.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.