Hot milk pot

Mathieu Bouvier
Manufactory Lyons Mint

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 522

The type of silver jug, which often looks like a small coffeepot, was usually used in eighteenth-century France for serving mustard, which was often prepared in a semiliquid form. This example, however, must have been intended for hot milk. The lid's finial, which also serves as a thumbpiece for raising the lid, is in the form of a nightcap tassel, an allusion that would have been appropriate for hot milk, which was served with coffee in the morning.

Hot milk pot, Mathieu Bouvier (master Trévoux before 1746, master Lyons 1749, active 1758, died before 1763), Silver, French, Trévoux (Lyons Mint)

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