Paul Crespin Jackson's Hallmarks state that "Paul Crespin is an highly important maker and a serious rival to Paul de Lamerie, certainly his equal."
Jackson's Hallmarks state that "Paul Crespin is an highly important maker and a serious rival to Paul de Lamerie, certainly his equal. Paul Crespin" (1694 -1770) a silversmith born and brought up in England from a family of Huguenot refugees. Crespin was one of a number of other Huguenot goldsmiths and silversmiths, including Paul De Lamerie, who in 1726 between them provided a large dinner service to the Empress Catherine I of Russia. Crespins's contribution to the service was a large two-handled hand-chased cup and cover which is on display in the Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg.
Crespin produced some of his finest work in the 1730s and 1740s, he produced pieces for a number of peers of the Realm including the Dukes of Portland, Somerset, and Devonshire, and the Earls of Rockingham and Albemarle. Importantly for Crespin in 1741 he received his most illustrious commission from Frederick, Prince of Wales, for a nautical themed table centrepiece weighing over 1,000 troy ounces which is still in the Royal collection at Windsor Castle.
He had an affinity for the French Regence style of the French and Parisian silversmiths. One of his earliest surviving pieces an octagonal casket, from 1720, was hand-chased all over in the Regence style, and many of his later Rococo pieces reflected this earlier work. His later pieces were more commercial, including small domestic items such as salvers, dishes, and baskets, they were all still of the highest quality, and his legacy to the goldsmiths and silversmiths trade in England should not be under-estimated. He retired from trade to Southampton with his wife in In 1759, where he died on 25 January 1770.
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