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A work made of silver with mahogany.
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  • A work made of silver with mahogany.


c. 1770


Joseph Richardson, Sr.
American, 1711–1784

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Because it was a costly import, coffee was not a popular beverage in early colonial America. Increased trade between the American colonies, South America, and the West Indies made coffee an accessible staple by the middle of the 18th century. Although the form of this single-bellied coffeepot suggests it was made at an earlier date, its broken scroll handle, double-domed cover, and leaf-and-shell decoration place this object firmly within the high Rococo period.


On View, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


Joseph Richardson, Sr.




Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1770


Silver with mahogany


Marked twice on bottom, in rectangle: IR Engraved on bottom: S / IM / 1770 Scratched on bottom: 38·14 Engraved proper right side: A. S. / to / J. M. M.


75 × 29.5 × 55.7 cm (29 1/2 × 11 5/8 × 21 15/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Lena Turnbull Gilbert and the Jessie Spalding Landon funds

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