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Cup Presented to George Taylor

Cup Presented to George Taylor,
Amiot, Laurent
30.7 x 16.8 x 16.7 cm


This magnificent silver cup created by Laurent Amiot is the most important piece of presentation silverware made in Canada during the first half of the 19th century. It is remarkable for its impressive size and its sculptural presence.

George Ramsay, Earl of Dalhousie, Governor General of British North America commissioned the Taylor Cup, to mark the launching of the King Fisher, a 221 ton-brig. The boat was built for George Douglas and Thomas Hardy of London but chartered by the government to oversee fishing in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Lord Dalhousie, who was keen to promote the development of the shipbuilding industry in Canada, presented the cup to George Taylor, the owner of the maritime ship- yards.