Wednesday, 28 April 2010

An 18th Century Enigma: Paul de Lamerie and the Maynard Master at the V&A

Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was the greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century. A Huguenot (French Protestant), he came to London with his parents, fleeing persecution in France.

The silvers shown in this exhibition are associated with de Lamerie's most brilliant craftsman, whose identity is still a mystery, who worked from 1737 to 1745. He is known as the Maynard Master, named after the dish made for Grey, 5th Baron Maynard now in the Cahn family collection.

Exhibition ending soon on 9 May 2010 at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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