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Covered compote

Object Number: 
1952.382ab
Date: 
1819-1823
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 5/8 x 9 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (19.4 x 23.5 x 24.8 cm) Silver Weight: 45 oz (troy) 9.9 dwt (1415 g)
Marks: 
Profile bust of bearded man in octagonal surround (fineness mark); profile of youth wearing laurel wreath in circular surround (Paris guarantee mark); and "J F / i [possibly a tower]" beneath bird in diamond surround (maker's mark) struck on inside of cov
Description: 
Wrought silver covered compote; shallow bowl (kylix) with a raised convex shoulder and applied, convex band rim; seated on a splayed pedestal foot with a die-rolled foliate band around the body joint, and a cast, applied geometric skirt and ring band around the center of the pedestal; cast, geometric band applied around the edge of the foot; pedestal screwed onto a square, stepped base with a cast, geometric and foliate band applied around the lower step; four cast paw feet with foliate scroll joints applied to each corner of the base; two cast, double-scroll foliate handles applied to the rim and to the lower body with acanthus leaf joints; domed cover, depressed in the center; pineapple finial screwed through the center of the dome; hallmarks stamped inside the lid; standard marks stamped on the base and pedestal. Removeable base attached with three screws.
Gallery Label: 
This Empire style compote descended in the family of financier and diplomat Albert Gallatin (1761-1849), who served as United States minister to France from 1816 to 1823. According to family tradition, it was presented to Gallatin by the American Legation in Paris, presumably at the conclusion of his diplomatic mission in 1823. This modestly proportioned and minimally ornamented compote takes the shape of a kylix, a shallow two-handled vessel used in ancient Greece. It is adorned with Greco-Roman ornament, including acanthus, anthemions, water leaves, and scrollwork. The elegant dish may have been presented at one of the many farewell dinners given in Paris for the Gallatins between February and April 1823. In Gallatin's later years in New York, he became a life member of the New-York Historical Society and served as its president from 1843 until his death six years later.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of A. E. Gallatin
Provenance: 
Albert Gallatin (1761-1849), who married (2nd) Hannah Nicholson (1766-1849); to their son Albert Rolaz Gallatin (1800-1890), who married Mary Lucille Stevens (1818-1892); to their son Albert Horatio Gallatin (1839-1902), who married Louisa Balford Ewing (1843-1922); to their son Albert Eugene Gallatin (1881-1952), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group