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Pair of Sauceboats  by Paul Crespin

Paul Crespin
English, 1694-1770
Pair of Sauceboats
London, 1746
Silver
21.6 cm long
1986.21

Notes:
Silver sauceboats in various sizes, accompanied by ladles and under-dishes, were standard items in the extensive dinner services amassed by noblemen and prosperous gentry in eighteenth-century England. Paul Crespin, whose mark appears on these sauceboats, was one of the most talented goldsmiths working in London at this time. His patrons included not only members of the English aristocracy, but also Empress Catherine of Russian, and the king of Portugal. This pair of sauceboats was fashioned as deeply fluted shells and ornamented with panels of shellwork; such motifs are highly characteristic of rococo art.