Pitcher (Ewer)

  • Category:

    Metals

  • Creator (Role):

    Anthony Rasch

  • Place of Origin:

    Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1812-1820

  • Materials:

    Silver

  • Techniques:

    Wrought, Cast, Chased

  • Museum Object Number:

    2018.0046.002


  • Complete Details



Object Number

2018.0046.002

Object Name

Pitcher (Ewer)

Category

Metals

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Sue K. and Stuart P. Feld

Creator (Role)

Anthony Rasch
1778-1858

Place of Origin

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Date

1812-1820

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Base, platform underside; "ANTY\. RASCH", stamped twice on opposite ends
2. Inscription; Base, foot rim interior; "Gadsby" engraved
3. Inscription; Base, platform underside; "38" scratched near one foot

Subjects

Dining; Alcoholic beverage ware

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Wrought, Cast, Chased

Dimensions (inches)

12.375 (H) , 9.25 (W) , 41.6 (Weight)

Dimensions (centimeters)

31.433 (H) , 23.495 (W) , 1180 (Weight)

Object Description

Web - 02/04/2019

Anthony Rasch created fashionable, luxurious domestic silver items and monumental presentation silver in Philadelphia shortly after his arrival from Europe in 1804 until he relocated to New Orleans in 1820. The French neoclassical overtones of this pitcher's overall design include the graceful cast handle, elegant incorporation of several borders, and a footed platform base. His body of work is diverse and slightly uneven, but it is a record of direct European artistic influence and synergy within American silversmithing practices and patrons' tastes, particularly those expressed in Philadelphia during the heady commissions for War of 1812 heroes. Rasch has been the subject of a Winterthur master's thesis (2007).

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Thesis] Keyser, Christina L. 2007 Fashionable goods from a credible source: Anthony Rasch, silversmith and merchant. M.A. University of Delaware
Biographical resource.