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Posset pot

Maker:
Lambeth Factories
Date:
ca. 1687
Geography:
Made in London, England
Culture:
British
Medium:
Tin-enameled earthenware
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (16.5 x 26.7 x 19.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell S. Carter, 1946
Accession Number:
46.64.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 711
Colonists used spouted drinking pots for the consumption of posset and other drinks. To make posset, various combinations of eggs, cream, sugar, bread, wine and ale were boiled, skimmed, and served hot. The low-lying spout was useful for liquids that had froth floating on top. This posset pot is decorated in a chinoiserie pattern that imitates Chinese porcelain designs.
Inscription: inscribed to right of spout: .S.W. 1687.
Mrs. Russell S. Carter, Hewlett, New York, until 1946
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