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Bread basket

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1744/45
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (with handle, confirmed): 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 12 in., 65 oz. 11 dwt. (28.6 x 36.2 x 30.5 cm, 2.0395kg); Height (without handle, confirmed): 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Helen Flynn Conway Collection, Bequest of Helen Flynn Conway, 1966
Accession Number:
66.158.1
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: Scratched on underside: [1] 67 2 (weight mark); [2] 24847

Marking: [1] small Roman i (date letter for 1744–45);
[2] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[3] PL script, crown above, pellet between and below;
[4] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling).

Location of marks:
All on underside of base
Isabella Bell Cooper (until 1913) ; [ sale, Christie's, London , February 25, 1913, no. 35 ] ; Helen Flynn Conway (until 1966; bequeathed to MMA)
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