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Pair of Sauceboats

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


c. 1830


Thomas Fletcher (American, 1787–1866)

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Made by preeminent Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher, this pair of sauceboats reflects not only the vogue for French-inspired classical designs but also significant advances in the industrial and technological production of silver that took place in the 19th century. Coinciding with the American industrial revolution, silver making became increasingly mechanized through the introduction of flat rolled silver and die-rolled bands—three of which appear as decorative borders on each sauceboat. The elegant oval bodies with upswept spouts are typical neoclassical forms; however, the handles add distinct flourish: the bold yet refined bud-shaped handles have no known precedent and are original to Fletcher.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Thomas Fletcher


Pair of Sauceboats


Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1830




Marked on bottom of each object, in oval: T.FLETCHER / PHILAD.; engraved beneath each spout: T.


Ea. 21.3 × 22.9 × 10.5 cm (8 3/8 × 9 × 4 1/8 in.); 2013.71.1: 840.5 g; 2013.71.2: 855.3 g

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society

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