Paul Storr is considered the finest silversmith working in England during the Regency period. His large scale pieces, manufactured to the highest standards, made his name and skill famous. His work can be seen in museums across the world, and most notably in the Royal collection of Her Majesty the Queen.
Born in 1771, Storr was the son of a silver chaser who became an innkeeper in Westminster in 1788. At 14 years old Storr was apprenticed to Andrew Fogelberg, obtaining his freedom in 1792 and registering his first mark at the Church Street address he had completed his apprenticeship in. The same year he went into partnership with William Frisbee, with whom he stayed working with for only four years, dissolving the partnership in 1796. At this time Storr entered his second mark alone, and was recorded at working from 20 Air Street in Soho.
From the Air Street studio, in 1797, Storr produced his first important piece. An impressive, 245 troy ounce, solid gold Christening font, commissioned by the Duke of Portland for his son, and adorned with figures of Faith, Hope and Charity. Two years later he was commissioned by the Governors and Company of the Merchants of England Trading into the Levant Seas, to manufacture a presentation piece, named the ‘Battle of the Nile Cup’ for Lord Nelson. This began a great age, and desire, for monumental presentation pieces of silverware, and Storr was considered the best in England at manufacturing these.
In 1801 he married Elizabeth Beyer, a childhood friend and sweetheart of German descent, with whom he fathered 10 children, who in turn produced a staggering 54 grandchildren. It was at this time that Storr appears to have begun working almost exclusively for Rundell Bridge and Rundell, jewellers and goldsmiths to the Crown.
In 1808 Storr moved his workshop from Air Street to 53 Dean Street in Soho, and 3 years later the partnership between Storr and Rundell was made formal. Storr was to be the workshop manager at this impressive firm until 1819, producing during this period some of the most wonderful pieces of silverware manufactured in England. Commissions for presentation and ceremonial pieces were given by the highest members of society, warrants were given by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and other members of the Royal family, and Storr’s fame and reputation helped Rundell Bridge and Rundell become one of the most important businesses in Victorian England.
Having left Rundell’s in 1819, Storr set up his own premises in Harrison Street near Kings Cross. In 1822 he went into partnership with John Mortimer, a salesman who had previously worked at a goldsmiths shop in New Bond Street, which they soon acquired. The partnership appears to have been at times tumultuous, the company almost bankrupting itself, and it would have failed had a nephew of Elizabeth’s, John Hunt, not stepped in with financial backing. Hunt became a partner in the firm, which lasted until 1838, when a quarrel regarding the terms of the partnership seems to have been too much for Storr. The following year he retired and moved to Tooting, where he stayed until his death on 4th March 1844.
Hallmarked In 1828
Hallmarked in London in 1828 by Paul Storr, this handsome, Antique, Sterling Silver Mug features an acanthus detailed scroll handle and a melon shaped body. The mug has a capacity of almost a pint and measures 5.5 inches (13.5cm) tall, by 5.5 inches (13.5cm) from handle to lip, by 4.5 inches (10.5cm) in depth. The mug weighs 13.5 troy oz and is in fine condition.
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Hallmarked In 1799
Hallmarked in London, 1799 by Paul Storr, this very handsome, George III, antique silver cruet set, features six bottles, all with silver mounts, and a neoclassical frame with acanthus detailed handles, and column legs. The cruet set measures 9.25 inches (23.5cm) tall, by 10 inches (25.5cm) wide, by 4.75 inches (12cm) deep, and weighs 16.1 troy ounces (500g) (without the bottles).
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Hallmarked In 1832
Hallmarked in London, 1832 by Paul Storr, this striking, William IV, antique silver kettle, features wonderful chased scroll decoration to the body and spout, large shell feet on the stand, and a swing handle. The kettle measures 14.5 inches (37cm) tall to the top of its handle, by 11.5 inches (29cm) from side to spout, and weighs 84 troy ounces.
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Hallmarked In 1807
Hallmarked in London in 1807 by Paul Storr, this handsome, George III, Antique, Sterling Silver Meat dish cover, features a shaped gadroon border and removable gadroon detailed handle. The meat dish cover carries the coat of arms of part of the Buxton family. The meat dish cover measures 10 inches (25.5cm) tall, by 19.25 inches (49cm) wide, by 12.25 inches (31cm) deep, and weighs 95 troy ounces (2.96kg).
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Hallmarked In 1803
Hallmarked in London, 1803 by Paul Storr, this striking, Antique, George III, Sterling Silver Bowl, stands on a pedestal foot, and features gadroon borders, two reed borders handles, and an engraved crest of a griffins head. The bowl measures 9 inches (23cm) tall, by 14 inches (36cm) wide, and weighs 72.2 troy ounces (2246g).
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Hallmarked In 1798
Hallmarked in London in 1798 by Paul Storr. This very handsome, George III, antique Sterling Silver bowl, is very plain in style, featuring reed borders and a pedestal foot. The bowl measures 10.5 inches (26.5cm) in diameter, 6.25 inches (16cm) tall and weighs 37.5 troy ounces.
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Hallmarked In 1813
Hallmarked in London, 1813 and 1814 by Paul Storr, this exceptional, Regency period, Antique, Sterling Silver Tea set, comprises of a coffee pot on warmer, a teapot, a sugar bowl and a cream jug, all featuring shell and gadroon borders, engraved crests, and acanthus detailing to the handles, with gilt interiors to the sugar and cream and wooden handles to the teapot and coffee pot. The coffee pot measures 11.75 inches (30cm) tall, by 6.5 inches (16.5cm) from handle to side, the teapot measures 5.5 inches (14cm) tall, by 10.5 inches (27cm) from handle to spout, the cream jug measures 4.75 inches (12cm) tall, by 6 inches (15.5cm) from handle to lip, and the sugar bowl measures 5 inches (13cm) tall, by 8.5 inches (21.5cm) from handle to handle. The tea set together weighs 102.8 troy ounces (3197g).
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