Hot Water Urn

English (London)
Possibly by Solomon Hougham (about 1746–1818)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


32.6 x 16.95 x 22.6 cm (12 13/16 x 6 11/16 x 8 7/8 in.) Weight: 1,593.3 gm (51 oz 4 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The vase-shaped vessel rests on four reeded legs on a shaped square base with ball feet. The plain base is formed from sheet with an applied wire rim. At the center of the base is a cup-shaped spirit lamp with a dentiled rim, a removable cover, and a fitting for a wick. The lamp may have been added later to replace the original lamp. The body of the vessel is formed from raised sheet with chased fluting around the lower half. At the center of the base, above the lamp, is an inset domed disk. The rim is surrounded with a band of engraved and bright-cut ornament between two applied wires. At either side is an applied cast ram’s head supporting a silver hoop handle through the mouth. The incurved neck of the body is formed from a second shaped sheet, with a border of engraved and bright-cut ornament. A cast spigot,with a fluted stem and rectangular tap, is centered at the base of the body. The removable cover is domed and fluted around the central ball finial. It has a border of engraved and bright-cut ornament aorund the rim and a bezel formed from sheet.


Engraved on body, AC in monogram


On underside of urn and on underside of lamp, maker's mark IR (unrecorded); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter u; sovereign's head. On bezel of cover, maker's mark SH (Grimwade 2536); lion passant, sovereign's head, date letter u.


Andrew Craigie (1743-1819) of Cambridge, Massachusetts, by descent to his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1841), purchased from her estate by Mrs. Abott Lawrence, by descent to her grand-daughter, Mrs. Horation Lamb, to her daughters Aimee and Rosamond Lamb; 1969, gift of the Misses Aimee and Rosamond Lamb to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 14, 1969)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb