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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
DATES ca. 1883
DIMENSIONS 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (21.6 x 24.1 x 12.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Engraved on bottom: (in script) "AR/1898" Struck on bottom: lion passant, anchor in shield, gothic G Sterling 1580/P
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
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CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (founded 1865). Coffeepot, ca. 1883. Silver, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (21.6 x 24.1 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1992.209. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.1992.209.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Coffeepot, silver. Body of coffeepot sits on plain, slightly flaring, circular ring and comprises a large cube with rounded edges in the lower section; a smaller cube on flaring base in the upper section and a hinged, square, slightly domed lid. C-shaped handle with ivory insulators and S-shaped spout are cast and chased in form of a bamboo with twining bamboo shoots and leaves. Lower Section of body has, at base, up-turned lambrequins, each with repoussée palmette. Above this is an area of deeply reposed and chased primroses and leaves on a ground punched with small triangles. At juncture with upper body is a band of overlapping scallops with alternating geometric patterns. Upper body has, on each side, a rectangular panel with rounded lower edges and hammered ground, above which, at rim, is a band of basket-weave design. Pendant from that band on front and rear of pot are bunches of leaves; behind spout, a branch of roses. Hinged lid has ribs running diagonally from each corner forming four triangular panels of hammered ground; ribbed cone finial on disc. CONDITION: Ivory insulators somewhat stained and cracked but intact, otherwise excellent. Engraved date is late nineteenth-century addition.
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