Chocolate or coffee pot

Object Number: 
1972.11a
Date: 
ca. 1788
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 8 in. ( 22.2 x 19 x 20.3 cm )
Marks: 
painted: in roundel: " 1783 SOCIETAS CINCINNATORUM INSTUTA" gilded: beneath eagle emblem: "SS"(Samuel Shaw)
Description: 
Cylindrical porcelain chocolate pot; gilt pistol handle at 45 degrees from gilt S-curve spout; domed lid with peach sprig knop; gilt and black wave border and floral sprigs; enamelled wreath and eagle holding roundel of agricultural figure (emblem of the Society of the Cincinnati) appears twice above cipher of Samuel Shaw.
Gallery Label: 
This chocolate pot is part of a beverage service made for Samuel Shaw, first American consul at Canton.
Bibliography: 
Olson, Roberta J. M. “A selection of European paintings and objects.” The Magazine Antiques, Vol. 167, no.1, January 2005, p.182-187.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Frances Jay, Mrs. Alexander Duer Harvey, Mrs. Lloyd Kirkham Garrison, and Mrs. Lawrence W. Fox, in memory of Mrs. Pierre Jay (nee Louisa Shaw Barlow) by her children
Provenance: 
Samuel Shaw (d. 1794); to his nephew, Robert Gould Shaw (1776-1853); to his eldest son, Francis George Shaw (1809-1882); to his daughter, Ellen Shaw; to her daughter, Louisa Shaw Barlow; to her daughters, Miss Frances Jay, Mrs. Alexander Duer Harvey, Mrs. Lloyd Kirkham Garrison, and Mrs. Lawrence W. Fox.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group