Pitcher

about 1800
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

14.3 x 17.4 x 11.2 cm (5 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1093

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Prudence S. and William M. Crozier, Jr. Gallery (Gallery 121)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This small pitcher with curved sides is in the standard “barrel” form. Made of rolled and seamed sheet silver, it has an applied triangular spout opposite its applied, hollow, C-shaped handle.


Pitchers of this form, modeled after creamware examples imported from England, have become closely associated with the workshop of Paul Revere. At least fourteen known examples survive, of which this is an intermediate-sized version, larger than the smaller but related cream pitchers and the larger examples of the water pitcher.

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

L in script engraved on front

Markings

"REVERE" in rectangle on bottom

Provenance

Early history unknown. Placed on loan to the Museum by Miss Helen L. Adams in 1911; transferred to Mrs. William West in 1919; acquired by inheritance in 1962 by the donor, William Westfall of Montclair, New Jersey, and later Hudson, Ohio, and made a gift to the Museum in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of William Westfall