A Pretty Set of 4 Paul Storr Salts with later spoons

Paul Storr
circa 1829
3 3/4 in, (9.4 cm)

Each formed as a scallop shell with curled over fluted ends and gilt bowls, raised on 3 cast whelk feet. the undersides engraved with a Scottish crest and motto. Two are dated 1827, one 1829 and one 1830. The elegant early Victorian spoons by Joseph Wilmore, Birmingham, 1838.

15000 GBP

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Generally regarded as the finest and most important silversmith of the 19th century, Paul Storr was at the forefront of grand regency style largely as a result of being the manager of the workshop of Mssrs Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. These salts demonstrate that he was capable of producing silver in a stylish plainer form rather than the opulence and splendour of much of his output. His superb quality and distinctive designs have made his silver highly sought after all over the world.

The crest and motto “Paratus Sum” is that of Fairlie for John (1799-1885), 2nd son of William Fairlie (1754-1825) of Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. His second wife was Louisa Home Purves, of Purves Hall, Eccles, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was born in 1814 who was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. John Fairlie was born in Culcutta and was described as “a Dandy and man about town”