Covered Cup


Paul de Lamerie ( British, 1688 - 1751 )

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General Description

Originating in France in the 1720s, the rococo taste for naturalistic details and undulating forms had spread across Europe by 1740. Paul de Lamerie became one of Great Britain's most distinguished silversmiths. Born of French Huguenot parents, de Lamerie worked deftly in the French taste, becoming a primary exponent of the rococo style in England. The covered cup shown here was part of the silver that Algernon Coote, sixth earl of Mountrath (1689-1744), commissioned over several years from de Lamerie. This cup and its mate, now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, are truly extraordinary; they are the finest of all of de Lamerie's covered cups. Here the writhing rococo ornament, which includes grapevines, snails, and a salamander, is deftly controlled and balanced. Cast on the side of the cups are the Mountrath arms surmounted by a coronet and the motto Vincit Veritas (Truth Conquers).

Excerpt from

Bonnie Pitman, ed. "Covered cup" in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 171.