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Tureen and Cover
John Parker

engraved sterling silver

Currently on view at Mint Museum--RANDOLPH

Museum Purchase: funds provided by William Franklin Johnson, Jr. in memory of his grandmother, Kate Brock Brown.

Dinner services in silver and silver-gilt came into fashion early in the 18th century and were highly prized by Europe's rulers and aristocracy. Because of their scale and virtually limitless potential for ornamentation, tureens were the principal elements of the elegant dinner service and occupied prominent positions on the table, surrounded by other serving dishes and platters. These tureens were commissioned by two members of the Lamb family. Sir Matthew Lamb (1705–1768), ordered one of the large tureens in 1739 from George Wickes, a prominent London silversmith. Matthew was succeeded by his son, Peniston Lamb (1748–1828), 1st Viscount Melbourne in the Peerage of Ireland, who commissioned the other tureens—one in 1768, the other in 1774—from John Parker and Edward Wakelin. Parker and Wakelin had worked for Wickes and took over his business when Wickes retired in 1760. Note the finely engraved Lamb armorials on the tureens.

Accession Number: 2015.31.2a-b


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