Hot Water Urn
Long assumed to be the work of an American workshop, this silver urn bears a mark, “SS,” that is now known to be that of Sun Shing, a Chinese silversmith who worked in the port city of Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton). Sun Shing made pieces for European and American consumers in the clean-lined, Georgian style practiced by Paul Revere and his contemporaries. Later in the nineteenth century, Sun Shing’s workshop would adapt to changing Western tastes, making heavier, more elaborately decorated pieces and adding more “Chinese-looking” motifs such as dragons and pagodas.
Silver, bone or ivory, pigment
Lid and body together: 18 3/4 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (47.6 × 26.7 × 21.6 cm)
Lid only: 6 × 4 1/2 in. (15.2 × 11.4 cm)
Body only: 15 1/8 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (38.4 × 26.7 × 21.6 cm) (show scale)
S S in rectangle. (refers to maker Sun Sing, from Canton, China)
George C. Brackett Fund
This item is not on view
American. Hot Water Urn, 1800. Silver, bone or ivory, pigment, Lid and body together: 18 3/4 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (47.6 × 26.7 × 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, George C. Brackett Fund, 33.244. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.244_threequarter_PS11.jpg)
threequarter, 33.244_threequarter_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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