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Ewer

Maker:
Thomas Fletcher (American, Alstead, New Hampshire 1787–1866 New Jersey)
Date:
1830–40
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
14 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (37.1 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.25
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
Vessels for dispensing beverages such as water, beer, cider, and wine became increasingly popular during the first half of the nineteenth century. This handsome ewer, replete with cast, chased, and die-stamped ornament, is marked by Fletcher, who had founded, together with his partner Sidney Gardiner (1787–1827), the preeminent American silversmithing firm of the era. A preparatory drawing for the ewer survives in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection.
Inscription: Engraved on body below spout: [crest of a hand holding keys]
Engraved on back edge of plinth in script: Lee Wood Gorham March 29– 1910

Marking: Marked on underside in oval banner: T[pellet] Fletcher[pellet] [pellet] PHILAD.
Probably Governor Isaac Shelby (1750–1826) of Kentucky; Lee Wood Gorham (1864–1918), Lexington, Kentucky, from 1910; her husband, John Breckenridge Gorham, until 1943; private collection, until 2001; [Hirschl and Adler Galleries, Inc., New York].
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