(a) punched inside base u.r.: P.S punched (diagonally) inside base u.r.: (lion passant) (crowned leopard's head) L (king's head) (b) punched (vertically) in top of lid c.: (king's head) / (lion passant) punched (vertically) in inside of lid c.: P.S / (lion passant)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1932
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
A Classical vase form is here translated into the luxurious medium of silver-gilt by Paul Storr, one of the foremost English silversmiths to work in a Neoclassical style. Such grand silver pieces were typical of the robust classicism of the Greek-revival style in the early nineteenth century and were intended primarily for display. The Classical decoration on this vessel – acanthus leaves around the base of the bowl and on the cover, a leaf and floral frieze around the rim, and masks where the handles join the bowl – is largely architectural in inspiration.