Paul Storr is deemed one of the most prolific and successful British silversmiths. Working at a time which has often been considered the period that saw the greatest demand in production and trading of silver wares, Storr always ensured that exceptional craftsmanship was maintained to the highest level.
Following Storr’s early personal success, the company 'Rundell Bridge and Rundell' (who had been appointed Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to the Crown, and had also attained the Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York') scouted Storr and he joined the company in 1807.
Due to the volume of production at Rundell Bridge and Rundell, Storr’s role became almost supervisory, interacting with the existing staff to convey his work practices. A plate bearing Storr’s mark may not have been worked by his hands, but the hallmark was his and acted as a guarantee of the quality.
Perhaps due to the lack of opportunity to be 'hands-on', in 1819 Storr opened his own shop, and in 1822, formed the company Storr & Mortimer.
From working directly with prestigious companies with royal warrants to personal commissions, Paul Storr is remembered for fine examples of masterful craftsmanship predominantly in the Neo-Classical design.
Lyon & Turnbull’s Silver & Objects of Vertu department currently hold two specialist auctions per year - alongside the annual Scottish Silver & Applied Arts auction in August - dedicated to both British and foreign silverware from the 16th century to modern day.
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