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Pitcher

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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Stephen Richard (New York, active 1802-1834), designer and maker

Date

ca. 1830

Medium

Silver

Accession #

1982.300

Dimensions

14 1/2 x 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 306

Description

Motifs adapted from classical antiquity were popular choices for the decoration of silver made in the first half of the nineteenth century. Vessels made in the shape of urns or ewers and decorated with bold acanthus leaves, grapes, and grape leaves were associated with the grandeur of the ancient world. Many of these designs remained in fashion well into the 1850s, even when architects and design critics favored more elaborate floral decoration.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection