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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
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;  Small Roman i (date letter for 1744-45);  Lion passant;  PL script, crown above, pellet between and belwo (maker's mark, ent. 1739) (Grimwade 2204)
Location of marks: All marks in group on underside of kettle, on outside of ring that holds lamp, on underside of lamp;  and  on underside of burner cover.
Probably Sir Thomas Thornhill ; [ Christie's, London , July 17, 1893, #132 (not confirmed) ] ; Isabella Bell Cooper (until 1913) ; [ Christie's, London , February 25, 1913, #34 ] ; Mrs. Eleanor Elkins Rice ; Irwin Untermyer