Creampot

1780–1785
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

13.5 x 11.5 x 6.8 cm (5 5/16 x 4 1/2 x 2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.43

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The spoon has an ovoid bowl and a slightly pointed, downturned handle. The handle is engraved with initials in an oval, topped by a bowknot; bright-cut flowers decorate the stem. The handle joins the bowl at an elongated slashed drop.


The design of this tall double-bellied creamer, with its distinctive gadrooned edge, looks back to midcentury use of this decorative motif. Its vasiform profile, by contrast, anticipates the Neoclassical style. Gadrooned or more stylish beaded decoration can be found on a few cylindrical teapots that were made by Revere in the early 1780s, including one in the Museum’s collection. That example displays gadrooned decoration that was fashioned in 1782 for his cousin Thomas Hitchborn. The compatability of these two designs may explain how, in 1783, Revere made a creamer with a gadrooned rim and splayed beaded foot, along with a beaded cylindrical teapot for fellow Mason Michael Hays and his wife, Rachel (Myers) Hays, of Boston. This creamer, similar to one in the Yale collection that is dated 1778, displays a gadrooned rim and splayed gadrooned foot. Whether these examples were intended to accompany specific teapots is unknown. The style, however, was short-lived, for Revere soon adopted the helmet-shaped Neoclassical form that came into vogue at century’s end.

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

Opposite handle, on the vessel is engraved a worn, entwined monogram that reads "EOT or F."

Markings

"REVERE" in roman letters within a rectangle is stamped indistinctly to the left of the handle, near the rim.

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift