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

Description

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.

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