Hot milk pot

Alois Simpert Eschenlohr

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

Early in the nineteenth century it became the custom to produce pots for coffee and hot milk en suite, and this piece was acquired together with its matching, smaller milk pot. Eschenlohr-who became a master silversmith in I824 has taken a simple Neoclassical form and enlivened it with a playful contrast of surface effects, decorative details, and materials. A cherub's head emerges from a cluster of grapes beneath the spout, the cover is topped by a trio of ivory acorns, and the dark smoothness of the handle complements the light-catching fluting of the body. Few
works are known by Eschenlohr, who shows himself here to be a masterful-and witty designer.

Hot milk pot, Alois Simpert Eschenlohr (1785–1837, master 1824?), Silver, ebony, ivory, macassar ivory, German, Augsburg

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