Retailed by Ball, Black & Co. (American, 1851–74)
Silver; 11 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (28.6 x 15.6 x 21.9 cm)
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, (2005.10)
American sterling silver in the Egyptian Revival style is extremely rare. This stately pitcher incorporates Egyptian motifs into a bold, classic form. The result is a coherent and dynamic composition and a sophisticated expression of the prevailing Egyptian taste. At the time this pitcher was created, the German-trained silversmith John Rudolph Wendt was Ball, Black & Co.’s primary designer and supplier, and the pitcher exemplifies the exceptional quality for which Wendt is known.