Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Overall (confirmed): 14 3/4 x 10 x 7 3/4 in., 93 oz. 5 dwt. (37.5 x 25.4 x 19.7 cm, 2.9kg)
Gift of George D. Widener and Mrs. Eleanor Widener Dixon, 1958
Not on view
English merchants carried luxury goods of all kinds to the American colonies, where they set a fashionable standard that was emulated by local artisans. These three pieces - teakettle, basket and bowl - formed part of a larger service that was owned by a prosperous merchant in Philadelphia. David Franks, the son of a prominent Jewish family in New York, married Margaret Evans in 1744, and this service was likely purchased to mark their marriage. The silversmith, Paul de Lamerie, was the head of a flourishing workshop, and these rococo pieces were in the vanguard of London taste.
Inscription: Notations of weight: (scratched under kettle) 60=1 (rest illegible); (scratched on underside of lamp): S7=10 / P Pricked on underside of lamp and in the kettle: E.E.W
Marking:  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  Small Roman i (date letter for 1744–45);  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  PL script, crown above, pellet between and belwo (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie, entered 1739).
Location of marks: – in a group on underside of kettle, on outside of ring that holds lamp, and on underside of lamp ,  on underside of burner cover
Probably Sir Thomas Thornhill ; [ possibly sale, Christie's, London , July 17, 1893, no.132 (not confirmed) ] ; Isabella Bell Cooper (until 1913; sale, Christie's, London, February 25, 1913, lot 34); George D. Widener ; and Mrs. Eleanor Elkins Rice (until 1958; to MMA)