Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hot water jug

Designer:
James Wyatt (British, Weeford, Stafforshire 1746–1813 near Marlborough, Wiltshire)
Maker:
Matthew Boulton (British, Birmingham 1728–1809 Birmingham)
Maker:
John Fothergill (died 1782)
Date:
1775–76
Culture:
British, Birmingham
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height: 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Volunteer Anniversary Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.73
Not on view
Made at the factory of Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill, located outside Birmingham in what would become the industrial Midlands, this hot-water jug and tripod stand (see 66.192.5a–c) were acquired by the Museum more than twenty-four years apart, yet the base of the jug fits perfectly into the little ledge on the stand. Its date of manufacture, 1775–76, is a useful indication of how deeply the Neoclassic taste had become the public taste, for only ten years earlier it was a more esoteric style favored by a small aristocratic clientele.
Inscription: Engraved on front: initials THB (in monogram)

Marking: [1] lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);
[2] anchor (Birmingham assay office mark);
[3] C (date letter for Birmingham for 1775–76);
[4] IF (maker's mark for John Fothergill);
[5] MB (maker's mark for Matthew Boulton);

Location of marks:
[1]–[5] on cover and on foot
[ Asprey , London, until 1993; sold to MMA ]
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