Cream Jug

English (London)
possibly about 1820
Marked by Unmarked, Possibly by Nicholas Sprimont (born in Liege, France, active in London) (1716–1771)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 10 cm x W. 14 cm x D. 5.8 cm (3 15/16 x 5 1/2 X 2 5/16in.) Weight: 292 gm (9 oz 8 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The shell-shaped jug has a fluted rim and spiraling ribs that are alternately plain or molded with shells against a coral ground. It is cast in two halves and seamed in the center. The cast handle is in the form of a dotted serpent with a pointed tail. The boat rests on a cast foot molded with shells, coral, and a watery border.


Engraved on inside of base, engraved 9=12; on inside of spout, 6-6


June 9, 1948, sold by the Earl Fitzwilliam, D.S.C., at Christie's, London, lot 83. By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988)

[1] From June 25, 1973, until it was accessioned, this object was on loan to the MFA from Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection