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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.

Date:

c. 1830

Artist:

Thomas Fletcher
American, 1787–1866
Philadelphia

About this artwork

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

American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Thomas Fletcher

Title

Pair of Sauceboats

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1830

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

2013.71.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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