Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Overall (confirmed): 3 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., 27 oz. 8.2 dwt. (9.8 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm, 0.8525kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
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: Engraved on the underside of bowl: 27=16 (weight, 27 Troy ounces, 16 penny weights)
Marking:  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  i in shaped outline (London date letter for 1744);  PL dot between and pellet below a crown above in shaped outline (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie);  Obscured mark.
Location of marks: On underside of bowl
Mr. Edward Dawkins , Guilsborough Grange, Northampton (until 1906; sale, Christie's, London, March 22, 1906, lot 103); Mrs. John E. Rovensky (until 1957; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 25, 1957, lot 542); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)