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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Joseph Richardson, Sr., American, 1711–1784


ca. 1765–80


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)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
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.
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y.


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.

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.

Martha Gandy Fales, Joseph Richardson and Family, Philadelphia Silversmiths (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1974), 83, fig. 37.

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