The chocolate pot is a raised straight-sided vessel with a center point that tapers inward from a broad rounded base toward a tall domed cover. The vessel is soldered to a splayed gadrooned foot with an applied foot ring. The lowest portion is composed of a fluted design with decorative...
The chocolate pot is a raised straight-sided vessel with a center point that tapers inward from a broad rounded base toward a tall domed cover. The vessel is soldered to a splayed gadrooned foot with an applied foot ring. The lowest portion is composed of a fluted design with decorative punchwork surrounding its base. The spout, with acanthus-leaf decoration, and lower join of handle are attached to this section. A broad central area, flanked by drawn and molded midbands, is unornamented save for an applied shield with shell and leafy mantling that postdates the vessel’s production. The rim has an applied and molded lip. At the top of the tall domed lid is a removable screw-style finial in the shape of a tea caddy. Cut-card decoration radiates outward from the finial, below which is a band of fluted decoration like that found at the base. Drawn molded midbands flank the lower plain section, in which the maker’s mark appears. An applied rim with alternating fluted and concave decoration is soldered at an angle to the rim of the lid, adding an additional flourish that serves to draw the eye upward. A shallow flange secures the lid in place. The tall scrolled thumbpiece descends to a right-angled five-part hinge with molded decoration. The hinge extends downward to sockets that are circular in section, with applied molding at its outer edge; the socket tapers toward the body. Old, possibly original, C-shaped handle with broken thumbgrip is secured to sockets with pins.
Engraved "P / T [bullet] A" on a later applied shield surrounded by shell and scroll mantling.
To right of handle and within undecorated band on lid, opposite hinge, is stamped "EW" within a rectangle.
Before 1991, acquired by the Cryder family of South Center, Pennsylvania; by descent to Dr. Elton Cryder; 1992, purchased at Dr. Cryder's estate acution, held by Nevius Auction Service, by Susan Lee of Lightstreet, Pennsylvania; 1993, purchased by the MFA at Christie's New York, January 22, 1993. (Accession date: Feb 24, 1993)
Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Marion E. Davis Fund