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Coffeepot

Maker:
Benjamin Brewood II (active from 1755)
Date:
1762–63
Geography:
Made in London, England
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 23.5 cm); 33 oz. 14 dwt. (1048.6 g) Foot: Diam. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of James DeLancey Verplanck and John Bayard Rodgers Verplanck, 1942
Accession Number:
42.88
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
The wealthy colonial merchant Samuel Verplanck owned several pieces of London silver, including this coffeepot marked by Benjamin Breewood II in 1762. Its inverted pear-shaped repoussé-decorated body and spout represent the height of English rococo styling. Samuel was sent to study banking in Holland, where he met and married his cousin Judith Crommelin. The couple returned to New York in 1763 and moved into the family’s elegant Wall Street home. Verplanck family silver, furniture, and paintings now in the Metropolitan’s collection exemplify the imported luxury goods owned by prominent colonists.
Marking: marked on underside of body: B[pellet]B (in rounded rectangle); [lion passant in shaped surround]; [leopard's head crowned]; [gothic "G" in shaped surround]
marked on bezel of cover: [lion passant in shaped surround]
descended in the Verplanck family; James DeLancey Verplanck and John Bayard Rodgers Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until 1939
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