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PAUL CRESPIN. An exceptional George II Square Salver made in London in 1741 by Paul Crespin


This exceptional piece stands on four unusual cast feet and displays a raised shaped outer border with pleated corners. The rim is decorated with gadrooning and the centre is engraved with an Armorial, with Crest above and script initial below, all surrounded by a shell, scroll and floral spray cartouche. The reverse is engraved with a set of contemporary initials and the original scratch weight. The Arms are those as used by the Townshend family of Raynham Hall, Norfolk. The quality of production, colour and weight are exceptional.

The family of Paul Crespin were of long standing in the Huguenot colony in London. Crespins reputation grew quickly after the entry of his first mark. His surviving work is of a consistently high standard, worthily rivaling Paul De Lamerie. He was perhaps at the height of his powers around 1740 when his centrepiece in the Royal Collection and the Tureen made for the Duke of Somerset, now at Toledo, Ohio, reveal qualities of execution matching the originality of design.

Diameter: 9.25 inches, 23.13cm.

Weight: 16.5 oz.