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A brief history of the renowned English silversmith, Paul Storr 1771-1844:-

 Paul Storr, born in London England in 1771, was to become one of the most talented silversmiths of the nineteenth century. Today his legacy of exceptionally well crafted silver, found worldwide in museums and private collections, leaves one in awe when compared to that of his contemporaries.
  After having served a seven year apprenticeship from the age of 14, he began his career in 1792 when he went into a brief partnership with William Frisbee. This did not last and in 1793 a new mark, (his initials ?P S?) was entered. By the beginning of the nineteenth century he had established himself as one of London?s top silversmiths producing, amongst others, commissions for Royalty.
   In 1801 he married Elizabeth Susanna Beyer with whom he was to have ten children. In 1807 Paul Storr entered into a working relationship with Philip Rundell and by 1811 was a partner, and managing the workshops for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell
  During this period he kept his own marks and separate workshop. However it was through Rundell, Bridge & Rundell who were appointed Goldsmith in Ordinary to George III in 1804 that his reputation as a master silversmith grew. His talents lay in being able to transform ideas and designs from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell?s designers, William Theed II, the chief modeller and head of the design department, and later John Flaxman II  who succeeded him in 1817. During this period Rundell, Bridge & Rundell?s reputation grew due to the patronage of the Prince Regent (later George IV).
  Paul Storr produced many pieces for him, in what was to become known as the Regency style, typified by the use of large amounts of silver.
  By 1819 Paul Storr left Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and set up once again as an independent manufacturer. The weight and quality of his pieces continued to exceed his competitors of the day, enhancing his reputation as a master silversmith. His pieces encompassed the revived Rococo style typified by the use of rockwork, shells, flowers, foliage, scroll work and C and S curves. 
  In 1822 he went into partnership with John Mortimer, and traded under the name Storr & Mortimer until his retirement in 1838. Paul Storr died in 1844 at the age of 73 and left behind a legacy of some of the most magnificent silver ever produced.


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