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Hot Water Jug and Warmer Stand

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Hot Water Jug and Warmer Stand

early-mid 19th century

Paul Storr

English, 1771-1844

Paul Storr (London, 1771 – 1844), the foremost English silversmith and goldsmith of his time, created a rich body of metalwork over a long career. Storr’s early, relatively unadorned designs followed the precepts of Neoclassicism; later he created ornate sculptural works commissioned for royalty and members of the aristocracy. The upturned spout and high curving handle are found in other hot water jugs of the first decade of the 19th century; the stand, with leonine feet and gadrooning, is a classic Storr design. A coat of arms with the motto “Fidei coticula crux” (the cross is the touchstone of faith) is a clue to the as-yet unidentified original owner. The jug would likely have been part of a tea service.
11 1/2 × 6 3/4 in. (29.2 × 17.1cm)
Gift of Herman and Faye Sarkowsky, in honor of Julie Emerson
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Sarkowsky, Seattle (possibly acquired in Europe, prior to 1938, or in the United States, during or after WWII); to their son and daughter-in-law, Herman and Faye Sarkowsky, Seattle
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view

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