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Snake pitcher

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This raised body and functional elements, such as the handle and spout, are formed by the coiled bodies of two intertwining snakes, created through repoussé work. The handle is soldered in place.

Marks

On bottom: "[lion] G [within an escutcheon] [anchor] /STERLING/ 1295/ [boar's head]. Lightly scratched on base "ISE".

Provenance

Original ownership unknown; by 1983 in San Francisco, where purchased by David Firestone for Firestone and Parsons, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; 1983, purchased from Firestone and Parsons by the MFA.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

1885

Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 25.4 x 19.4 x 13.2 cm, 1.01 kg (10 x 7 5/8 x 5 3/16 in., 2.23 lb.) Other (base): 9.5 cm, 1.01 (3 3/4 in., 1010.4 gm)

Accession Number

1983.331

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware