Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hot milk jug

James Ker
Scottish, Edinburgh
Height: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, 1983
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although politically united, England and Scotland had distinctive social customs, a fact reflected in their silver works. Scottish silver and gold design remained independent of London styles and fashions until the mid-eighteenth century. The completely spherical "bullet" teapot (see 64.141.88), along with matching milk jug and sugar bowl, was an especially Scottish, particularly Edinburgh preference. These three objects, made by three Edinburgh goldsmiths within a few years of each other, exemplify the broad demand for this shape. Characteristic also is the restrained narrow band of engraved ornament on all three pieces.
Inscription: Inscribed on underside of foot ring: [script] AS; BREADALBANE

Marking: [1] EP in shaped punch (mark of assay master Edward Penman);
[2] X in square (date letter for 1727–28);
[3] IK in shaped punch (maker's mark for James Ker);
[4] three-towered castle, partial strike (Edinburgh town mark).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on underside of body inside foot ring.
Marquess of Breadalbane ; Major Ian Shaw of Tordarroch, M.B.A. (until 1983; sale, Christie's and Edminston's, Glasgow, March 29, 1983, no. 87; sold to MMA)
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