Creampot

about 1760–70
Zachariah Brigden (American, 1734–1787)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

12.2 x 10.3 cm (4 13/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1980.629

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This raised double-bellied vasiform vessel has a scalloped lip, a cast broken-scrolled handle, and a tall splayed foot with reeded border.


The inverted pear form, scalloped rim, and finely cast double-scrolled handle of Brigden’s creampot is reminiscent of the rococo style, whereas the vertical stance and finely reeded band encircling the central foot anticipates the neoclassical taste. Brigden made numerous creampots in this style; all have a similar handle, form, and foot. Perhaps in an effort to update his creamer, Brigden experimented subtly with the form’s height and girth by altering the relationships between vessel and base. The Museum’s creampot may be among his earlier works, for its scalloped rim would have been an outdated feature compared to other creampots having a beaded or pearled edge on the rim and, occasionally, the foot.

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

"W / I E" engraved under foot.

Markings

Stamped "Z [pellet] B" on bottom of vessel.

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Guy Walker, Sr.