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Cruet stand

Maker:
Lewis and Smith (active ca. 1805–11)
Date:
ca. 1805–11
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 7 in. (24.8 x 21.9 x 17.8 cm); 20 oz. 14 dwt. (643.5 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.441
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 724
Very few American-made cruet stands are known from the early nineteenth century. The firm of Harvey Lewis and Joseph Smith had a reputation for high-quality work; this example is distinguished by its restrained elegance and artful craftsmanship. The glass bottles are not original to the stand.
Inscription: engraved on base in interlaced script: E S W (within bright-cut octagonal surround)
engraved to left of monogram: Elizabeth Waring-Alsop / Hannah Alsop-Bell / Francis Jordan Bell [modern engraving]
engraved to right of monogram: Edith Ashmead Bell-Biddulph / C. Ashmead Biddulph [modern engraving]

Marking: marked on short side of base and on central disk of frame in script: Lewis & Smith (in shaped surround)
Geoffrey N. Bradfield, New York, until 1983
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