Benjamin Brewood II

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

The wealthy colonial merchant Samuel Verplanck owned several pieces of London silver, including this coffeepot marked by Benjamin Breewood II in 1762. Its inverted pear-shaped repoussé-decorated body and spout represent the height of English rococo styling. Samuel was sent to study banking in Holland, where he met and married his cousin Judith Crommelin. The couple returned to New York in 1763 and moved into the family’s elegant Wall Street home. Verplanck family silver, furniture, and paintings now in the Metropolitan’s collection exemplify the imported luxury goods owned by prominent colonists.

Coffeepot, Benjamin Brewood II (active from 1755), Silver, British

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