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

Turkish Coffeepot

1889

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
2011.73.1
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.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Geography: 
Made in Providence, Rhode Island
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 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.