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Waste bowl (from a six-piece service)

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The waste bowl, a vessel form with bulbous proportions, is decorated with bands of stamped flower decoration similar to 1982.359

Inscription

Inscribed "MS/1813/KKC" in script along width of vessel.

Marks

Marked in roman letters "R & WW" twice within a rectangle on the bottom of vessel.

Provenance

This assembled tea set includes a teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl marked by Philip Garrett of Philadelphia and engraved “M.S. 1813” for Mary Stevenson at the time of her marriage that year to Alexander Johnston. The “KKJ” added later stands for Katharine Kelso Johnston, m. Robert Simpson Cassatt in 1835. The waste bowl marked by the Wilsons (engraved “RSC,” possibly for Robert Simpson Cassatt) and presumably the two unmarked teapots were added to the set about 1835, when Katharine Kelso Johnston Cassatt inherited her maternal grandmother’s tea set and added these three pieces to it. All three of these later pieces may be by the partnership of Robert and William Wilson. The assembled set descended in the family until it was given by the descendants of the original owners and of the artist Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 – 1926), a granddaughter of Mary Stevenson Johnston, in honor of Eugenia Cassatt Madeira.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in honor of Eugenia Cassatt Madeira

about 1835

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Dimensions

14.1 x 15 x 12.7 cm (5 9/16 x 5 7/8 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

1982.363

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware