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Pitcher

Maker:
Robert and William Wilson (active ca. 1825–ca.1846)
Date:
ca. 1845
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
13 1/4 x 6 13/16 x 6 1/8 in. (33.7 x 17.3 x 15.6 cm); 32 oz. 12 dwt. (1013.3 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of George H. Hull, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.200.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
This pitcher and the matching goblets are decorated with a grapevine motif chased in repoussé and with ruffled leaves that recall eighteenth-century Rococo ornament. The set originally belonged to the donor’s grandmother Grizelda Gilchrist Polk, who married Russell Houston, chief attorney for the Louisville-Nashville Railroad. Her monogram, “GGH,” is engraved on the front of the pitcher. The goblets are inscribed to two other members of the Polk-Houston family.
Inscription: engraved on body below spout in shaded interlaced script: GGH
engraved on underside in script: Grizelda G. Houston

Marking: marked on underside: R & W. WILSON (in rectangle)
Grizelda Gilchrist Polk Houston; her grandson, George H. Hull, Short Hills, New Jersey, until 1970
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