Hot Water Urn

English (London)
1771–72
Marked by Charles Wright (free 1754, died in 1815)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

57.8 x 27.1 x 31.8 cm (22 3/4 x 10 11/16 x 12 1/2 in.) Weight: 3,161 gm (101 oz 12 dwt)

Accession Number

1971.130

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The urn-shaped body rests on a shaped square plinth that has four leaf-capped scrolled feet and a cast openwork skirt. The raised base is chased with a band of guilloche along the edge of the plinth and panels of reeding emanating from an applied central collar of beed-and-reel. At the top of the base is a bezel, keyed to fit into the removable upper section of the urnand to enclose a cylindrical heating device (now missing). The body of the urn is formed of two raised and chased sections, joined at the midsection with an undulating line of bead-and-reel ornament with applied shells and scrolls. The bottom and the top of the body are chased with broad fluting. A spout cast in the form of a serpent projects from the lower front of the urn. Cast openwork handles are joined to the body at the midsection. The fluted neck rises to a border of applied beading. The high domed cover is chased with fluting and surmounted with a coarsely formed pineapple finial. From the rim, the fluted neck of the urn tapers, then flares slightly to form another beaded rim.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on front of the urn, the arms of Morteyn or Power quartering Bloen, Bloer, Kelston, Little, Prydeux, Twichet, or Wotten, with Aldredin pretence; engraved on cover, an unidentified coat of arms and crest (quartrely 1 and 4, a fess embattled, and in chief two five-pointed mullets sable, gules a chevron engrailed or, between three griffin's heads erased; crest: a hand holding two serpents entwined).
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved under edge of urn, "100-8".

Markings

On inner heat compartment and on upper rim of base, date letter Q; leopard's head crowned; lion passant) repeated on bezel of cover); maker's mark CW (Grimwade 428).

Provenance

Sold Parke-Bernet, New York, March 16, 1971, lot 26, purchased April 14, 1971, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: April 14, 1971)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour