Coffeepot

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Manufacturer

Whiting Manufacturing Company ( American, 1866 - 1924 )

DATE:
c. 1883
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General Description

Although less well known than Tiffany or Gorham, Whiting and Company produced some of the finest silver in America during the late 19th century. This coffeepot represents Whiting at its most innovative and technically dazzling. Rather than turning to Japan for inspiration, Whiting has drawn upon Russian silverwork which uses textiles and woven wicker as motifs. This vessel is particularly elaborate, having a "salvage edge" neck, and a body that takes the form of a woven bag drawn together at the top by a gold cord. A silver rope serves as the pot's handle.

Adapted from

  • Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 342.

  • Charles L. Venable, DMA Label copy, 1993.

Fun Facts

Originally, the vessel may have been a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift.

Web Resources

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read more about Nineteenth-Century American Silver.