Silver - Lobster tureen Jacques Peirolet
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Lobster tureen

This lobster tureen was made by Jacques Peirolet in Amsterdam in 1765-66. It stands on four rocaille feet with flowers and fruit. The tureen is decorated along the slightly bevelled upper rim with a fillet border wound diagonally with ribbons on which a flower sits. On each short side the tureen has a handle composed of scrolls with fruit between them. The handle on the cover is in the form of a lobster. The tureen has an accompanying oval stand with a scalloped edge, ornamented, like the tureen, with a decorated fillet border.
The basic shape of this charming tureen and its accompanying stand is very restrained, and hence typically Dutch. The rocaille feet are very bold; the use of a lobster as a knob is highly unusual for Dutch silver. These ornaments were inspired by the work of the French court silversmith Francois Thomas Germain. Germain was known above all for his plants and animals cast in silver, which he used as ornaments on his pieces. He was consequently recognized as a sculptor as well as a silversmith. Germain’s success at the French court did not go unnoticed and he soon received a flood of commissions from other courts, including those of Russia, Portugal and Denmark. His characteristic style consequently spread throughout Europe. Peirolet modelled the lobster on the cover of this tureen entirely from life, as Germain did. The cover and the centre of the bowl are engraved with the arms of Sir Mark Masterman Sykes

Date: 1765
Made in: Amsterdam
Maker: Jacques Peirolet
Style period: Louis XV
Dimensions: 16 x 28 x 21.7 cm (h x l x w)
Weight: 1716 g
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