Soup tureens and stands

Soup tureens and stands

Soup tureens and stands
Silver
Paul Storr (1771-1844), probably after a design by Jean-Jacques Boileau (active in England 1787-1851)
London, England 1806-7
Museum nos. Loan:Gilbert.784:1 to 3; 787:1 to 3; 786:1 to 3-2008
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

These tureens, from a set of four, are nearly identical to a set made in 1802-3 for the 'grand service' of the Prince of Wales, later George IV (1762-1830). They are engraved with crest and insignia for Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851).

Decorated in the Neo Egyptian style, these tureens reflect the popularity of Egyptian motifs current in this period. They have been described as 'one of the most magnificent statements in English silver of the neo-Egyptian style and among the grandest of all designs to emerge from the workshops of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell', the royal goldsmiths. It is also thought that Jean-Jacques Boileau (active in England 1787-1851) may have been involved in their design, as the cast ornament of the handles is similar to ornament on some of his other work. These tureens represent the outstanding quality, and 'monumentality' which Arthur Gilbert thought reflected the grandeur of the style of life for which such objects were designed and intended.