The raised, tall, gourd-shaped vessel has a splayed molded foot with foot ring. Circular tapered sockets hold a replacement scrolled, carved wooden handle with thumbgrip. Opposite the handle is the cast and chased panelled spout, with the head of a collared serpent at its tip. A domed...
The raised, tall, gourd-shaped vessel has a splayed molded foot with foot ring. Circular tapered sockets hold a replacement scrolled, carved wooden handle with thumbgrip. Opposite the handle is the cast and chased panelled spout, with the head of a collared serpent at its tip. A domed multistepped lid rises to a spherical finial and has a small hole, now filled with a cupped device with a protruding pin on reverse. The lid has a wide rim, scored several times; inside, a deep flange sets the friction-fitted lid. A section of chain, about 4 inches (10 cm) and probably replaced, has rings at each end that encircle the finial and upper socket. The decorative elements consist of cut-card ornamentation that rises from the spout and engraved triangular mantling with an oval reserve, which contains the later owner’s initials.
Mantling on vessel to left of handle engraved with the later initials "C / W D [tilda] E. Scratch weight of "27 oz 10 dwt 0 g" incised on base.
Marked below rim near spout, on flange, and on bottom with "I C," having a crown above and a coney below, within a shaped cartouche. Ada Mark * B20962
William Downes (1720 – 1788) and Elizabeth (Edwards) Cheever (1729 – 1802), m. 1749; by descent in the matrilineal line (1) to Mr and Mrs Robert Soutter (Helen Whiteside); February 1907, lent by Mrs. Robert Soutter to the MFA; May 1907, returned; 1911, re-lent; 1925, returned; May 1926, re-lent; Nov 1926, returned; Dec 1926, re-lent; 1934, returned; 1935, re-lent; Jan 1941, returned; Feb 1941, re-lent by Lamar Soutter; Nov 1941, returned; Dec 1941 re-lent; 1976, purchase and gift of Dr. Soutter to the MFA. (Accession date: Nov 18, 1976) 1: William and Elizabeth's daughter Eleanor Cheever (1749/50 – 1825) m. 1787 the Hon. Caleb Davis (1738 – 1797); their daughter Eliza Cheever Davis (1790 – 1828) m 1811 Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck (1783 – 1854); their son Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck Jr. (1813 – 1893) m. 1840 Anne Henrietta Brune (1809 – 1894); to their daughter Eleanor A. B. Shattuck (also called Elizabeth) (1842 – 1918) m. 1871 Alexander Whiteside (1825 – 1903); their daughter Helen Whiteside (1876 – 1940) m 1904 Dr. Robert Soutter (1870 – 1933); their son Lamar Soutter (1909 – 1996).
Gift of Dr. Lamar Soutter and Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour