coffee pot, vase-shaped with long spout and 'S' scrolled handle; base of spout decorated with leaf motif; engraved crest on body: body engraved on one side with a crest composed of a heart-shaped shield charged with a lion Rampant, ensigned by a cock and draped with delicate sprays of flowers

Coffeepot, c. 1770-1780

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Of the many pieces of silver purchased by James Ford Bell with an eye to their donation to the Institute, this coffeepot is noteworthy for its provenance and the circumstances surrounding its sale. Having been given at the turn of the twentieth century to the President of Harvard University, Charles William Eliot, he in turn sold it in 1917 to raise funds for building a summer cottage on a property at Northeast Harbor on the coast of Maine. Out of deference to the source of the funding, the cottage has been called ever since "Coffeepot."

Details
Title
Coffeepot
Artist Life
1729-1805
Role
Silversmith
Accession Number
32.21.10
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coffee pot, vase-shaped with long spout and 'S' scrolled handle; base of spout decorated with leaf motif; engraved crest on body: body engraved on one side with a crest composed of a heart-shaped shield charged with a lion Rampant, ensigned by a cock and draped with delicate sprays of flowers