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Teakettle and spirit lamp with stand

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1744/45
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver, leather
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Widener and Mrs. Eleanor Widener Dixon, 1958
Accession Number:
58.7.17a–c
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: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Small Roman i (date letter for 1744–45);
[3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] PL script, crown above, pellet between and belwo (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie, entered 1739).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] in a group on underside of kettle, on outside of ring that holds lamp, and on underside of lamp
[3], [4] 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)
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