Kettle and Stand

Irish (Dublin)
1717–18
Marked by William Archdall (free 1704, died in 1751)


Object Place: Europe, Dublin, Ireland

Dimensions

H. 32.7 cm (12 7/8 in.); W. 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.); D. 23.7 cm (9 5/16 in.); Weight: 3, 449 gm (110 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

33.106

Medium or Technique

Silver and ivory

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The flattened pear-shaped kettle rests on a three-legged stand. It is formed from two raised sections with an applied molded band at the neck and the rim. The faceted curved spout is cast in halves and seamed vertically. The cast octagonal bail handle, with baluster ivory insert, is supported on two cast brackets. The raised stepped, domed cover has an applied rim molding and bezel. The turned ivory finial is secured to the cover with a button-top bolt passing through it and a spool-shaped spacer with a square nut. The molded ring of the stand is cast in three parts. The three scrolled legs, cast in halves, terminate in hemispherical feet closed with pierced plates. The inverted pear-shaped lamp, fitted with a removable cover with a fitting for the wick, rests in a ring supported by three scrolls extending from the legs. On the rim of the stand are two drop handles, each cast in parts. The kettle is hinged to the frame and may be tilted by removing the pin on a chain mounted opposite the spout. A second pin below the spout may be removed from the hinge to lift the kettle from the stand. Part of one chain is plated.

Inscription

Engraved on underside of kettle, 140=5; scratched "7590".

Markings

On underside of kettle and lamp, maker's mark WA (Bennett, p. 178, no. 521)(struck twice) overstriking another, possibly TS for Thomas Sutton (Bennett, p. 177, no. 503); harp crowned (repeated on side of stand ring; side of each foot, top of lamp cover, underside of both handles, and bezel of kettle cover); date letter a.

Provenance

Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)