A MAS­TER MAKER

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - 2018 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS -

THE AUC­TION HOUSE: Catherine Southon, Sur­rey THE LOT: A pair of Paul Storr sil­ver en­trée dishes sold on 2nd May THE PRICE: £3,068 (est £800-£1,200)

‘Paul Storr was the most im­por­tant sil­ver­smith of the 19th cen­tury. Al­though he made sim­ple table­ware, its qual­ity was sec­ond to none,’ says auc­tion­eer Catherine Southon. When a pair of 1802- 03 Paul Storr en­trée dishes came up for sale, de­spite sur­face scratches, col­lec­tors and deal­ers sat up. ‘ The owner thought they were sil­ver­plated and worth­less,’ says Catherine, ‘ but I spo!ed the tell­tale ‘ PS’ on the hall­mark, along with a lion pas­sant, which meant they were English sil­ver and of great value.’

020 8313 3655; catherine southon.co.uk

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