Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ewer (one of a pair)

Peter Archambo I (British, active 1720, died 1759)
British, London
Overall (wt. confirmed): 10 1/4 in., 58 oz. 18 dwt. (26 cm, 1832g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
When George Booth became Earl of Warrington at the age of nineteen, he inherited the estate of Dunham Massey, which was heavily burdened by debt. Thirty years elapsed before he could afford to rebuild his family pride by buying silver on a large scale. This pair
of monumental ewers (see also 68.141.141) was among the silver that furnished the ten principal bedrooms of the house, all of which were equipped with enough silver to perform the morning ablutions.
Marking: [1] Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);
[2] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[3] e (London date letter for 1740);
[4] PA (maker's mark for Peter Archambo).

Location of marks:
Under the rim, near the handle.
George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington ; Sir John Foley Grey (until 1921; his sale, Christie's, London, April 20, 1921, lot 141); [ sale, Puttick and Simpson , London, March 2, 1922, lot 130 ] ; Private Collection (until 1937; sale, Christie's, London, June 22, 1937, lot 101); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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