Paul de Lamerie died on the 1st of August 1751. Considered the greatest silversmith in Britain during the eighteenth-century, De Lamerie was actually born in the Dutch Republic in 1688. His Huguenot father fled religious persecution in France in 1685, joined William of Orange’s army and consequently followed William to London in 1689 when William was crowned William III of England (ensuing The Glorious Revolution).
De Lamerie was apprenticed to goldsmith, Pierre Platel, a fellow Huguenot, in 1703, becoming free of his master in 1711. In 1713 he opened his own workshop and by 1716 he was appointed goldsmith to George I.
Paul de Lamerie, rococo silver-gilt cream jug, circa 1735. (V & A)
Paul de Lamerie, rococo ewer made for the 6th Earl of Mountrath, circa 1742. (V & A)