Many headed to England, hundreds of them skilled in silversmithing and goldsmithing. The Huguenot contribution and influence on English silver is widely documented. Among the notable names of Huguenot origin were Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751), Pierre Platel (1664-1719), Louis Mettayer (d.1740) and Paul Crespin (1693-1770).
The latest book to examine the artistic contribution made by French non-conformists in the late 17th century has been published by Tessa Murdoch, a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art & Culture will be launched at dealership Koopman Rare Art in Dover Street on December 1. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the themes in the book with the author and view objects by Huguenot silversmiths.
They include a pair of George II candlesticks marked for London 1742 by Nicholas Sprimont (1716-71) who is best known today as the founder of the Chelsea porcelain factory in 1745.
These 11in (28cm) candlesticks weigh 79oz and are priced at £90,000.
Separately, Koopman has an upcoming exhibition on the Regency period (1811-20) coinciding with London Art Week (see this week’s Dealers’ Diary).