Retailer Ball, Black & Co. American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

American silver holloware in the Egyptian Revival style is extremely rare. This stately pitcher incorporates Egyptian motifs into a classic form. The dynamic composition achieves a sophisticated expression of the prevailing taste for Egyptian-inspired designs. At the time this pitcher was created, the German-trained silversmith John Rudolph Wendt was Ball, Black & Co.’s primary designer and supplier, and the pitcher exemplifies the outstanding quality for which he is known. Located in a grand marble building boasting large display windows facing Broadway, Ball, Black & Co. was a leading silver retailer and a popular destination for shoppers and window shoppers alike.

Pitcher, Ball, Black & Co. (American, New York, 1851–1874), Silver, American

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