Peter Taylor would appear to have had a relatively short working career. His only mark was registered in 1740 and although a 'Peter Taylor, Goldsmith' is listed in the Parliamentary Report List of 1773, there are no surviving pieces from this period struck with his mark. The latest piece recorded appears to be a tea-kettle of 1756, from the Dunn Gardner Collection, exhibited London, The South Kensington Museum, 1882, no. 5951. Arthur Grimwade in his London Goldsmiths 1697-1837, Their Marks and Lives, London, 1982, p. 687, notes that 'Although rare, his work when found shows a high standard of craftsmanship coupled with a nice use of rococo ornament'. A similar vase of 1751 by Peter Taylor is illustrated in M. Clayton, Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, Oxford, 1985, p. 175, fig. 7 and set of three in V. Brett, Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940, London, 1986, p. 212, no. 925.