George Wilkinson ( American, 1819 - 1894 )
Gorham Manufacturing Company ( American, 1831 )
- designed 1861
In the mid-19th century, designer George Wilkinson popularized the Neoclassical style, characterized by bold forms, plain or sparsely decorated surfaces, and cast ornaments. This tea caddy (model no. 20), available plain or with elaborate bright-cut decoration seen here, exemplifies this style. Of particular note are the medallions depicting masks of Medusa suspended on either side of the vessel.
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), 130, 338.