Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
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)
Helen Flynn Conway Collection, Bequest of Helen Flynn Conway, 1966
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.
Marking:  small Roman i (date letter for 1744–45);  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  PL script, crown above, pellet between and below;  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)