Coffeepot

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

c. 1770

Artist:

Joseph Richardson, Sr.
American, 1711–1784
Philadelphia

About this artwork

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

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

Joseph Richardson, Sr.

Title

Coffeepot

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1770

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked twice on bottom:"IR" (in rectangle); inscribed:"S/IM/1770"; engraved on proper right: "A.S./to/J.M.M."

Dimensions

29.5 × 11.6 (diam. at base) × 21.9 cm (11 5/8 × 4 5/8 × 8 5/16 in.); 1234.3 g

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Lena Turnbull Gilbert and the Jessie Spalding Landon funds

Reference Number

1984.50

Extended information about this artwork

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