9 5/16 x 8 x 4 3/8 in. (23.7 x 20.3 x 11.1 cm); 26 oz. 2 dwt. (811.5 g)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet Gift, 2012
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
The New York silversmith Myer Myers made the sugar bowl, creampot, and tongs (2012.244.2–.4) to accompany this English coffeepot, echoing its repoussé Rococo ornament of sinuous C-scrolls and floral motifs. All four objects bear the initials of Dorothy Remsen, who married Abraham Brinckerhoff of New York in 1772. Such commissions were an important way for domestic silversmiths to familiarize themselves with the prevailing European styles.
Inscription: engraved on body to left of handle in interlaced script: DR engraved on undersiden in script: Abraham Brinckerhoff / and / Dorothy Remsen / Dec. 17[superscript "th" over" __" over ".."] 1772. lightly scratched on underside: 25=9 ; 30866
Marking: marked on body to right of handle: W[pellet]P / R[pellet]P (in shaped surround) ; [Lion passant]; [Leopard head]; [date letter F for 1761/62]
Abraham Brinckerhoff, New York; descended in the Brinkerhoff family, New York