Pitcher (Ewer)

  • Category:

    Metals

  • Creator (Role):

    Moritz Furst (Designer)

    William Thomson (Possible maker)

    Garret Forbes (Possible maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    New York, New York, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1826

  • Materials:

    Silver

  • Techniques:

    Die-rolled, Wrought, Engraved, Chased

  • Museum Object Number:

    1986.0046


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1986.0046

Object Name

Pitcher (Ewer)

Category

Metals

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Special Fund for Collection Objects

Creator (Role)

Moritz Furst (Designer)
1782-after 1841

William Thomson (Possible maker)
1777-1833
Ian M. G. Quimby, American Silver at Winterthur. William Thomson, New York, New York, worked 1810-45. Little is known about William Thomson, although he worked for a long time and produced a good quantity of silver. He is listed in directories as a silversmith and a "manufacturing silversmith." The list of business places in the "Creation Place" tab comes from this source.

Garret Forbes (Possible maker)
1785-1851

Place of Origin

New York, New York, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Date

1826

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Die-rolled border; "FURST F" in relief as part of ornament
2. Inscription; Body, under spout; "M.C. TO C.R.G." engraved
3. Inscription; Body, under spout; "1826" engraved

Subjects

Medical

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Die-rolled, Wrought, Engraved, Chased

Dimensions (inches)

11.102 (H) , 9.921 (L) , 6.457 (W) , 30.3003 (Weight)

Dimensions (centimeters)

28.2 (H) , 25.2 (L) , 16.4 (W) , 859 (Weight)

Object Description

Web - 10/25/2013

A silver pitcher or ewer with a vase shape body having an integral and slightly proud die-rolled border of a grapevine on a stippled ground above lobes chased into the lower bowl, a wide pouring spout, and rectangular hollow handle all supported by a domed pedestal base. The neck of the pitcher curves inwards and then flares outward at the rim and tall pouring lip which is encircled with a small die-rolled border of scallop shells. The pitcher base has an integral die-rolled border with a floral vine and pineapple motif as the foot rim. The inscription "M.C. TO C.R.G." engraved in cross-hatched block and italic letters is centralized on the body exterior beneath the pouring lip. The date "1826" is engraved below the initials. A name is included at the lower edge of the grapevine border: "FURST F" in Roman relief lettering. Moritz Furst, an engraver and die sinker, cut the die that was used to make the grapevine border for this pitcher; he was not a silversmith. Although it is unmarked, this pitcher's design supports an attribution to silver manufacturer William Thompson. Other examples of New York silver with signed borders by Moritz Furst include: A three-piece tea set made by John or Allen Armstrong now in the Yale University Art Gallery (1984.24); a teapot marked "BOGERT" at The Brooklyn Museum of Art (1991.142.1); a tea set offered by Christie's New York on January 23, 1988, sale #6536, lot 71; and a cream pitcher sold at Freeman's Auctions on November 19, 2011. One hypothesis for the initials engraved on this pitcher is Dr. Chandler Robbins Gilman (1802-1865) who resided in New York and spent much of his career as a professor of obstetrics at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons.