American Decorative Arts
Maker: Gorham & Co., American, 1852–1865

Turkish Coffeepot


Copper, silver, and ivory

13 x 7 x 3 1/2 in. (33.02 x 17.78 x 8.89 cm)
Friends of American Arts Acquisition Fund
During the Aesthetic Movement, various stylistic sources generally viewed as Oriental were often melded in a single object, as is the case with this coffeepot. The form draws on Turkish or Near Eastern ewers, while the applied silver mounts and the reddish patination evoke the arts of Japan. Copper coffeepots of this type were a staple of Gorham and Company’s offerings of Aesthetic Movement metalwork, although this example is unusually rich in its ornamental detail. Typical Gorham examples of this form lack the silver mounts and the ivory handle. The title Turkish Coffeepot refers not only to the vessel’s exotic decoration but also to the Turkish coffee it served, a preparation that became fashionable in America in the late nineteenth century.
19th century
Containers - Metals
Made in Providence, Rhode Island
On view

DuMouchelles, Detroit, Michigan, July 10, 2010, lot 71009, passed; Galerie Camille, Inc., Detroit, Michigan


“Acquisitions,” (accessed March 1, 2012).

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