Creamer

MAKER:
Manufacturer

Gorham Manufacturing Company ( American, 1831 )


Designer

George Wilkinson ( American, 1819 - 1894 )


Retailer

Starr & Marcus ( American )

DATE:
1871
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General Description

Gorham Manufacturing Company introduced model no. 690, which included this creamer, as a five piece coffee and tea service in 1868, but augmented it in 1873 to include an urn and a tea kettle on lampstand, as seen in archival photographs. The service is executed in the Egyptian Revival taste, which reached the height of its popularity between 1865 and 1875. Winged sphinxes function as feet and and finials, while enigmatic masks appear on the handles and shoulders of the vessels. Engraved borders of lotuses, which seem to burst into bloom on the silver surface as if floating on the Nile River, complete the composition.

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), 327.

  • DMA unpublished material.

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