Teakettle and spirit lamp with stand

Paul de Lamerie British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510

English merchants carried luxury goods of all kinds to the American colonies, where they set a fashionable standard that was emulated by local artisans. These three pieces - teakettle, basket and bowl - formed part of a larger service that was owned by a prosperous merchant in Philadelphia. David Franks, the son of a prominent Jewish family in New York, married Margaret Evans in 1744, and this service was likely purchased to mark their marriage. The silversmith, Paul de Lamerie, was the head of a flourishing workshop, and these rococo pieces were in the vanguard of London taste.

#407. Teapots

Teakettle and spirit lamp with stand, Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51), Silver, leather, British, London

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