Ewer, Abraham Portal (British, active ca. 1747–died 1809), Silver gilt, British, London

Ewer

Maker:
Abraham Portal (British, active ca. 1747–died 1809)
Date:
1755/56
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 16 × 23 1/8 × 18 1/4 in., 150 oz. 15 dwt. (40.6 × 58.7 × 46.4 cm, 4688.999g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.316
Not on view
Although silver made by the Jewel Office for diplomatic officers was generally classical in inspiration, this ewer (68.141.316) and basin (68.141.317) represent a rare foray into the rococo style. They were part of a large service for three dozen guests made for Sir Charles Hanbury Williams’s embassy to Russia in 1755.
Marking: Struck, on the underside of the foot: AP (maker's mark for Abraham Portal)
Queen Mary of Teck, (wife of King George V of England, r. 1910–1936) ; H.R.H. Princess Mary of England, "The Princess Royal", Countess of Harewood (until 1966; her sale, Christie's, July 6, 1966, no. 115) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until September 28, 1967; sold to Irwin Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)