Creampot

1750–60
Samuel Casey (American, about 1724–about 1773)


Object Place: Exeter, Rhode Island, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 492

Dimensions

Overall: 10.16 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number

39.765

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This creampot, with its elaborate and detailed decoration, is a major piece of American Rococo silver. The cast, claw-and-ball feet and cabriole legs are unusual in colonial silver and reflect their popularity in contemporary furniture. The bulbous body is ornamented with a chased (punched out from within) design of foliate scrolls, which are echoed in the shape of the handle and the outline of the rim. IC, the initials of the original owner, is a cipher monogram derived from an English design book by Samuel Sympson.

Provenance

By 1939, Miss S. Agnes Donham, Boston; 1939, sold by Donham to the MFA for $500. (Accession Date: November 9, 1939)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group