LATER SILVERSMITHS.

It is, of course, with the work of the later silversmiths that collectors, and especially " home connoisseurs " have to do. The famous silver wrought during the period of the Restoration replenished the family store chests of the wealthy and noble families. It is, however, the beautiful silver of the time of Queen Anne, when Paul Lamerie flourished, that chiefly fell to the lot of the middle classes then being established. Many new styles came into vogue at that time, especially during the first half of the eighteenth century ; they were believed to have been the result of outside influences brought to bear upon the art of the period. Thus, Mr. Howard, in " London Silver," says : " the classical period was influenced by the revival of Greco-Roman ideas, dessimated by the increasing finds at Pompeii and Herculanaeum." Many silversmiths came and went, but they all worked on similar lines, following the earlier art, or copying that which had been so well exemplified in the works of Paul Lamerie. This famous silversmith died in 1751, and thus closed another period in the art of the silversmiths. Another advance is claimed by those who delight in the works of Paul Storr, who was one of the most famous nineteenth century artists. In the later part of the century there was not much change, and none of the artists did more than reproduce the older styles. Aided by the advent of machinery and factory work the silver-smith's style became modern, and as yet is in use, little of it showing any individuality of character causing the artists who fashioned it to stand out pre-eminently beyond their fellows, as did some of the older craftsmen. The artists of the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century appear to have closely followed the styles of the contemporary furniture designers and become copyists rather than artist-craftsmen, differing from their fellow artists in silver in the days of Queen Anne who set the fashion, their work being copied by potters who often used old silver moulds in the production of their beautiful works which closely resembled silversmiths' designs, and now enrich the cabinets of collectors of ceramic art.