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Paul Storr (British, 1771-1844)

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Biography:

Paul Storr, Silversmith

Paul Storr was a British silversmith whose work helped to bring neoclassicist aesthetics to the aristocratic class of the 1800s. By the end of his life, he was England’s best-known silversmith and many of his pieces would find themselves in galleries and museums across Europe and the US. His pieces were sold by the retailing firm Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell, a retailing firm that held a monopoly on silver during Storr’s lifetime. Storr joined them after an extended courtship by Phillip Rundell. It was a move Storr would always regret.

The lack of freedom that Storr had in his work led him to create his own shop in 1819. This would prove to be a fruitful one as some of Storr’s best work would come during this time. He continued to produce both tableware and sculptures up until his death in 1844, leaving a legacy of British silversmithing that has yet to be rivaled.

What type of art does Paul Storr create?

Paul Storr was a gold and silversmith whose tableware and larger sculptural pieces are some of the best examples of the Neoclassical movement we have today. His fine work as a silversmith gave him a reputation across the globe and made him highly in demand for many of the aristocratic class of that time. Some of his clients included King George the III and King George IV.

How often do Paul Storr pieces come up for auction?

Paul Storr’s work is exceedingly rare and as such has almost no history at auction. Many of these pieces are sold privately or appear in galleries or museums. If you have the fortune to see a Paul Storr piece for sale, whether it be tableware or a larger statue, a collector would be wise to consider it. They may not get another opportunity for a long while.

How much is a Paul Storr piece worth?

Again, it’s hard to put an exact value on a Paul Storr piece, as there isn’t a very large record of Storr’s sculptures at auction. In 2017 a small sculpture entitled Jeune homme portant une peau de lion sur l’paule et jouant des cymbales (unknown) sold for $3,102. That said, his vases, pots, and tableware speak for themselves. Many sell for five figures or more, with many sterling silver bowls commanding as much as a hundred thousand dollars.

Which Paul Storr art piece is the most valuable?

Paul Storr’s George IV Sterling Silver Centerpiece Sphinx Egyptian (1820) seems to be the most valued today, which could be had for $94,000. It’s a great example of his neoclassicist tendencies, a trio of sphinx guard an ornately made silver centerpiece. It’s accented by incredibly detailed engraving and scrollwork, with grapevines wrapping themselves around the piece.

What are the most famous pieces by Paul Storr?

As stated, much of Storr’s work was best known pieces are his centerpieces and tableware. That said, the piece Jeune homme portant une peau de lion sur l’paule et jouant des cymbales (unknown) sold in 2017 and indicates a renewed interest in some of Storr’s more artistic work. While even his tableware pieces have great nuances and are indeed art on their own, it’s good to see Storr’s more artistic pieces taken seriously by the modern art collector.


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