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Tea and Coffee Service

A work made of silver and ebonized wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and ebonized wood.




Jean-Simon Chaudron
American, born France, 1758–1846
Anthony Rasch
American, c.1780–1858

About this artwork

Born in France, Jean-Simon Chaudron emigrated to Haiti in 1780, where he lived for thirteen years, before moving with his new wife to Philadelphia. By 1799 he was established as a silversmith and formed a partnership with Anthony Rasch, a Bavarian immigrant who had trained as a silversmith in Germany, in 1809. Utilizing technical advances that developed during the first decades of the nineteenth century, Chaudron and Rasch were able to produce a number of objects using many of the same decorative motifs. Together, the artisans created some of the most ambitious neoclassical silver in America, taking many of their decorative elements from French and English silver designs from the early nineteenth century, as well as motifs from Greek mythology.


On View, Gallery 169


Arts of the Americas


Jean-Simon Chaudron


Tea and Coffee Service


Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1809–1812


Silver and ebonized wood


Marked on underside of each object, in banners: CHAUDRON'S & RASCH and STER-AMER-MAN- [Sterling American Manufacture]


Coffee pot: 27.9 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm (11 3/4 × 12 × 6 1/2 in.); Tea pot: 25.4 × 30.5 × 12.7 cm (10 1/8 × 12 × 5 7/8 in.); Cream pot: 17.8 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm (7 1/4 × 6 1/4 × 4 in.); Sugar bowl: 22.9 × 22.9 × 12.7 cm (9 × 9 1/2 × 5 1/4 in.)

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Robert Allerton Endowment

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