Coffeepot Maker: Joseph Richardson, Sr. (American, 1711–1784)

ca. 1765–80

American Decorative Arts

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

Joseph Richardson was a member of a prominent family of silversmiths in Philadelphia. This coffeepot exhibits many of the hallmarks of Philadelphia Rococo-style silver, including the inverted pear-shaped body with a double-curved bottom, a gadrooned foot, a double-domed lid, and elaborate cast spout and handle mounts. The pot lacks the elaborate engraving or repoussé decoration that signals the finest Rococo silver.




12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
other (Lip): 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
base: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
other: 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th 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.



Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y.
  • Martha Gandy Fales, Joseph Richardson and Family, Philadelphia Silversmiths (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1974), 83, fig. 37.
  • Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 2, pp. 191-92, no. 844, ill.
  • Philadelphia Silver, 1682–1800: Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 14–May 27, 1956, exh. cat. (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1956), no. 347.
Object copyright
Additional information

Object/Work type



"IR" in large rectangle on bottom (twice).


"IB" scratched later on bottom.

Technical metadata and APIs


Open in Mirador

View IIIF manifest

The International Image Interoperability Framework, or IIIF, is an open standard for delivering high-quality, attributed digital objects online at scale. Visit to learn more

Linked Art

API response for this object

Linked Art is a Community working together to create a shared Model based on Linked Open Data to describe Art.