Pitcher

Object Number: 
1942.544c
Date: 
1816
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. ( 38.7 x 18.1 x 23.8 cm )
Marks: 
Mark: stamped on the base three times in relief at underside, "CHAUDRON" in serpentine banner surround Engraving: Pitcher has repousse, chased, and matted (or possibly stamped) border of alternating acanthus leaves and arrows located along bottom half of
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver presentation pitcher; urn-shaped body has repoussé and chased fluting around the base with acanthus leaves and darts above; winged cherub holding a torch and laurel weath in a rectangle between foliate scrolls with anthemions applied to the center of the pitcher; beaded band applied around the shoulder; incurved neck flares to short and broad pouring-lip, which is scrolled and low at the sides and rises to a point in the back; band applied around the rim; chased foliate decoration along scrolled lip; cast, bearded Neptune mask applied to front of neck; cast, scrolled handle has acanthus and bird's head grip, applied at back of the pitcher; body seated on a foliate pedestal and splayed circular foot with foliate and beaded bands around edges applied to circular base; maker's hallmarks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
The War of 1812 produced a string of naval victories by the U.S. over the British Royal Navy. Especially spectacular was Captain James Lawrence's defeat of the British brig "Peacock" in less than 15 minutes. He was presented this pitcher in Philadelphia. He soon returned to sea duty commanding the "Chesapeake." On June 1, 1813, Lawrence lost his ship in minutes. Mortally wounded, he commanded, "Don't give up the ship," as the enemy boarded. He died 3 days later and was buried with by his captors
Credit Line: 
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
Provenance: 
Presented to Julia Montaudevert Lawrence (1788-1865), widow of Captain James Lawrence (1781-1813); to their daughter Mary Neill Lawrence (1810-1843), who married William Preston Griffin (b. 1810); to their daughter Mary Lawrence Griffin (1843-1887), who married William Redmond, Jr. (b. 1835); probably to their son William Preston Redmond (1873-1938); to Eugene H. Pool (1874-1949), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group