Coffeepot

English (London)
1745/1746
Mark of Thomas Rush (English (London), free 1722, first mark 1724–before about 1773)


Dimensions

Height x width (over spout and handle): 10 3/4 x 10 in. (27.3 x 25.4 cm)

Accession Number

2007.251

Medium or Technique

Silver, wood handle

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Representative of an elegant English Rococo form and type of decoration, this coffeepot bears a distinguished Boston provenance. It is engraved with the coat of arms of John Hancock, (1737-1793), first governor of Massachusetts, and, by tradition, was presented by his widow to Sarah Greenough, her grand-niece, and then passed by descent.

Provenance

Probably John Hancock (b. 1737 - d. 1793), Boston; by inheritance to his widow, Dorothy Quincy Hancock (b. 1747 - d. 1830), Boston; given by Dorothy Quincy Hancock to her grand-niece, Sarah Gardner Greenough (b. 1798), Boston [see note 1]; by descent within the family to Peter B. and Beverly Sills Greenough, New York; 2007, gift of the Greenoughs to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2007)

NOTES:
[1] The coffee pot is engraved with the Hancock coat-of-arms and inscribed: "Presented by John Hancock's widow to her grand-niece, Sarah Greenough."

Credit Line

Gift of Peter B. and Beverly Sills Greenough