This stunning serving dish was raised by hand to an oval with shaped points and has a cast and applied gadrooned border that features bold anthemion leaves at the shaped points. Storr's great regency silver was purchased by all the royal families in Europe, and this platter would have been comfortable with any of them.
Paul Storr was the greatest silversmith of his era. As the principal silversmith of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (who served as royal jewelers and silversmiths to their majesties George III, George IV and their extended families), Storr produced some of the most exciting, exquisite and expensive silver ever made.
This platter measures 20 inches long by 14.4 inches wide. It is engraved with a coat of arms. (The arms are Portman impaling Hulse as borne by Edward-Berkeley Portman of Orchard Portman, who married Mary Hulse in 1816. His son Edward-Berkeley was elevated to the peerage in 1837.) It is fully marked on the back and weighs a hefty 88.95 troy ounces. Retaining the original surface, this magnificent and rare sterling platter is in very good antique condition and has a wonderful patina.