English Sterling Gravy / Sauce Ladle, Paul Callard 1761
Offered is a fine mid-18th century Georgian English sterling silver sauce or gravy ladle by noted Huguenot maker Paul Callard. Paul Callard was the son of Isaac Callard, and the godson and apprentice of Paul Hanet. He lived only to the age of 44 or so, dying in 1768. This piece is hallmarked for 1761, and is lovely. It is a rare example of the early use of shoulders or fins on the stem. Condition is very good, with little surface wear, very light dimples in the bowl, and no splits or repairs. There is a period engraved script monogram of perhaps JAL, and a D below that is also likely from the 18th century - this could have signified a marriage in the owner's life. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length, and weighs about 42 grams. The maker's mark is partly rubbed but legible and easily identified, and the hallmarks are all well-struck and legible. Please ask for a quote for shipping to the UK. All in all a fine example of early English silver!