Coffeepot, Alois Simpert Eschenlohr (1785–1837, master 1824?), Silver, ebony, ivory, macassar ivory, German, Augsburg

Coffeepot

Maker:
Alois Simpert Eschenlohr (1785–1837, master 1824?)
Date:
1823–24
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Silver, ebony, ivory, macassar ivory
Dimensions:
Height (with cover): 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Wolfram Koeppe, in memory of Walter E. Stait, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.436.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
Early in the nineteenth century it became the custom to produce pots for coffee and hot milk en suite, and this piece was acquired together with its matching, smaller milk pot (1996.436.2a, b). Eschenlohr, who became a master silversmith in 1824, has taken a simple Neoclassical form and enlivened it with a playful contrast of surface effects, decorative details, and materials. A cherub's head emerges from a cluster of grapes beneath the spout, the cover is topped by a trio of ivory acorns, and the dark smoothness of the handle complements the light-catching fluting of the body. Few works are known by Eschenlohr, who shows himself here to be a masterful and witty designer.
Marking: On outside of foot rim:
[1] SE in rectangle (maker's mark of Alois Simpert Eschenlohr);
[2] pinecone above Roman I in oval (Augsburg town mark for 1823–24)
Wolfram Koeppe , New York (until 1996; to MMA)