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Cream jug

Maker:
Samuel Meriton (British, active from 1739)
Date:
1754–55
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
This elegant cream pot has repoussé decoration of flowers and rocaille motifs. It represents the type of high-style silver imported by wealthy Americans and copied by native silversmiths.
Inscription: Engraved on one of feet: A C

Marking: [1] Lion passant;
[2] Leopard's head crowned;
[3] t (London date letter for 1754–55);
[4] S M, pellet between, in rectangle (maker's mark)

Location of marks:
On base
Alphonso T. Clearwater , Kingston, New York (until 1933; to MMA)
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