Creampot

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


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 17 x 14 x 6.8cm (6 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 11/16in.)

Accession Number

2001.743

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised helmet-shaped body is soldered to a tall, flaring, circular foot atop a square base plinth, which is engraved with leafage at the corners. The narrow scrolled strap handle has a high loop and bright-cut engraving on its upper edge; it is attached opposite the flaring lip to the rim at the top and to the lower body at the bottom. There is a molded edge at the top. The body is engraved with a pattern of bright-cut bowknots, ribbon swags, and floral sprigs, with an ellipse on the front containing the engraved initials.


Revere made Neoclassical-style creamers in a variety of forms, including the inverted helmet-shape seen here, although not all are as elaborately engraved. A pair of Revere sugar tongs owned by the Museum bears the same engraved initials, thought to be those of James Dunbar and his wife, Sarah Templeton, who were married in 1792.

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

The entwined monogram "ISD" in sprigged script is engraved within an ellipse beneath the spout.

Markings

"REVERE" within a rectangle, doublestruck along side of base.

Provenance

According to the donors, the creamer was collected by the father of the donor, Hugh Huntington Dyar (1888-1969), who considered it a family piece; it was given by him to the donors. The Museum owns a pair of sugar tongs (35.1791) with the same engraved initials that is thought to have been owned by James Dunbar, who married Sarah Templeton on March 27, 1792.

Credit Line

Gift of John Robert Dyar and Diane Moore Dyar