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COFFEEPOT

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About this object

Hillwood's silver gilt coffee pot is from a service created for Empress Anna Ioannovna by Nikolai Don or Dom, a Frenchman and one of the first recorded silversmiths in St. Petersburg. This pear-shaped coffee pot shares both its form and its design with European silver of the first half of the eighteenth century. On the top, bottom, and spout, floral motifs and volutes have been clearly and strongly chased on a stippled ground. On one side, the crowned monogram of the empress appears at the lower bulge in a medallion framed in a chased wreath of leaves.

The coffeepot is pear-shaped with a handle in ebony. On the top, bottom, and spout, floral motifs and volutes have been clearly and strongly chased on a stippled ground. The finial on the lid echoes the shape of a berry, and the cover is channeled in swirling gadroons. Stippled and chased acanthus leaves alternate with distinctive plain bands on the lower section of the pot. On one side, at the lower bulge in a medallion framed in a chased wreath of leaves, appears the crowned monogram of Empress Anna Ioannovna (1730-1740).

Object name:
COFFEEPOT
Made from:
Silver gilt -- wood
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1730
Size:
24 cm (9 7/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.10
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
MARK underneath: in red 126.39; engraved dona 355; scratched No. 355; hallmark N.D.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973