Coffee pot

1795–1800
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

35.2 x 25.5 x 11.5 cm (13 7/8 x 10 1/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1972.56

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The tall, slender, raised oviform body is soldered to a round, stepped, raised foot with bands of border decoration. It has a long, undecorated, curved spout over rough strainer holes and a band of guilloche engraving at the neck, between bands of dotted border decoration. The hinged three-part lid is fitted with a bezel, and the domed cover has a pinecone finial pinned in place. The handle, old but not original, has been repaired.


Tall and slender, the basic form of this pear-shaped coffeepot looks back to mid-eighteenth-century examples. However, its elongated proportions, high foot, and engraved decoration mark it as a product of the last few years of the century. Perhaps ordered by a customer with more traditional tastes, the coffeepot was made at virtually the same time that Revere was also making his more typical fluted teapots (see cat. no. 171).

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

"HCS" entwined monogram within bright cut wreath engraved on each side

Markings

"REVERE" in shaped rectangle on side of foot

Provenance

Family history suggests that this coffeepot was made originally for Hepzibah Clarke Swan (1777 – 1833) of Boston, m. Dr. John Clarke Howard in 1800; to her great-granddaughter Katharine (Gray) Fay; to her son Arthur D. Fay of Nahant, Massachusetts, who lent it to the Museum in 1953 and subsequently bequeathed it to the Museum.

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur D. Fay