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Pair of scallop shells

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1734/35
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (.61 confirmed): 1 5/16 x 5 1/16 x 4 7/16 in., 6 oz. 7 dwt. (3.3 x 12.8 x 11.3 cm, 0.198kg) Overall (.62 confirmed): 1 3/16 x 5 1/16 x 4 7/16 in., 6 oz. 11 dwt. (3 x 12.8 x 11.3 cm, 0.204kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alfred Duane Pell, 1924
Accession Number:
25.15.61, .62
Not on view
In the first decades of the eighteenth century, fashionable English households adopted a taste for French cuisine. Silver dinner services were expanded to accommodate the new, elaborate sauces, soups, gratins, and fricassees. These naturalistic shells may have been used to serve oysters, sauce, or possibly butter.
Marking: 61.
[1] T, in shield, London date-letter for 1734-35;
[2] Lion passant;
[3] P L pellet between, star and crown above, fleur-de-lys below (Grimwade 2203)
[4] Leopard' head crowned;

62.
[1] P L pellet between, star and crown above, fleur-de-lys below (Grimwade 2203)
[2] Leopard' head crowned;
[3] Lion passant;
[4] T, in shield, London date-letter for 1734-35;


all [1]-[4] on underside, near the hinge.
Rev. Alfred Duane Pell (until 1925; bequeathed to MMA)
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