Pitcher Maker: Reed and Barton (American, founded 1840)

ca. 1885

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

This pitcher, in the shape of an elephant tusk, shows the exotic influences that informed so much of Aesthetic Movement design. In every detail—the shape of the body, the floral ornament, the dental molding of the foot—Reed and Barton drew on ewers produced by Royal Worcester Porcelain in the 1880s. The pitcher is a late nineteenth-century example of the transmission of design ideas from England to America via the ceramics trade.


Silver plate


10 × 8 1/2 × 4 1/8 in. (25.4 × 21.59 × 10.478 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased in honor of David L. Barquist, Ph.D. 2001, with gifts from friends and colleagues

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Sarah Eigen, Pier Antiques Show, New York City, 21 March 2009.

  • "Acquisitions," https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2010.pdf (accessed 2012).

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Object/Work type

pitchers, utilitarian objects


Stamped on underside, "MFD & PLATED BY/REED & BARTON/364"

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