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Cream pitcher (part of a two-piece tea service)

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The capacious, raised, helmet-shaped pitcher has an elliptical, stepped foot and a bulbous lower portion. Sections of applied gadrooning are soldered at shoulder, below vessel, and on foot. The broad spout is acccented with narrow gadrooned decoration. The tall two-part cast handle is soldered...

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Inscription

"BW" in entwined sprigged script monogram on body of vessel to right of handle. Lightly scratched "3033" inside foot rim.

Marks

Stamped "C.A. BURNETT" in roman letters within a rectangle on bottom of vessel below center point.

Provenance

Probably purchased from Burnett by Bushrod Washington (1762 – 1829) of Alexandria, Virginia, a nephew of George Washington. In 1785 the younger Washington m. Julia Ann Blackburn (1768 – 1829) of Rippon Lodge, Virginia, daughter of Col. Thomas Blackburn, an aide-de-camp to General Washington. The couple had no issue. Subsequent ownership is unknown until 1938, when it was placed on loan to the MFA by Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) (1871 – 1961) of Boston, and transferred in 1962 to her children, Mrs. R. C. Barton (Rachel Warren) (b. 1892) and Hamilton Warren, of Harvard, Massachusetts, and County Wicklow, Ireland, who sold it to the Museum in 1971.

Credit Line

Marion D. Davis Fund

1790–1825

Object Place

Alexandria, Virginia or Georgetown, District of Columbia, United States

Dimensions

18.8 x 15 x 10 cm (7 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.335

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware