Tea and coffee set

ARTIST / MAKER: Paul Storr (maker)
DATE: 1838 (made)
PLACE: England (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver-gilt, ivory insulators

This four piece tea and coffee set with its matching salver was made by the renowned British silversmith Paul Storr as a royal commission. Each piece is melon-fluted with a foliate base, engraved with a coat-of-arms below a German royal crown. The arms are those of the Grand Dukes of Baden and the cypher is almost certainly that of Princess Sophie Wilhelmine of Sweden (1801-1865), wife of Grand Duke Leopold I of Baden. Born in Stockholm in 1801, Princess Sophie was the daughter of King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (r.1782-1809) and his wife Frederica of Baden. This tea and coffee set demonstrates the high reputation of Storr who received numerous commissions from royalty and members of the aristocracy on an international scale.