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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Reed and Barton, American, founded 1840

Pitcher

ca. 1885

Silver plate

10 × 8 1/2 × 4 1/8 in. (25.4 × 21.59 × 10.478 cm)
Purchased in honor of David L. Barquist, Ph.D. 2001, with gifts from friends and colleagues
2009.70.1
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.
Geography: 
Made in Taunton, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

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

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 such records is ongoing.