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Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Creamer by Harvey Lewis

Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Creamer by Harvey Lewis
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$425.00

Offered is a gorgeous American coin silver cream pitcher by noted silversmith Harvey Lewis (1783-1835), working in Philadelphia circa 1805-11 in partnership as Lewis & Smith, and working alone in Philadelphia circa 1812-25, before his health declined and he gave up silversmithing. Despite a shorter working career, Harvey Lewis established himself as one of the leading silversmiths of his day in Philadelphia, and his work is nearly always superb. His pieces are represented in every major American decorative arts collection, and are typically tasteful and restrained, either Neoclassical or Empire in inspiration. See my other listings for a matching sugar bowl and a matching waste bowl, all from the same tea service. These three pieces, offered separately (although I am willing to sell them together) once comprised a single lot at Christie's in the 1980s, and still bear stickers from that sale, enabling research into their sale price and provenance at that time. It is possible the original owner (denoted by the engraved monogram "ML" was known at the time of the Christie's sale.

This lot seems to have been a lot in the "The Sam Wagstaff Collection of American Silver: Sold by Robert Mapplethorpe, Executor of the Estate of Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. ; Friday, January 20, 1989." Samuel Wagstaff, Jr. was an American aristocrat who was the companion of Robert Mapplethorpe, the famous photographer. Wagstaff assembled the first major collection of 19th Century American silver. The catalog of the sale is available on eBay but is not cheap, as it was a single-owner sale and a useful reference work.

This Philadelphia coin silver creamer weighs about 247 grams and measures about 6 1/8 inches high and about 5 3/4 inches by 3 1/4 inches across. Please see all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. Condition is very good overall, with very few dents or dings, though as typical the ball feet get small dents or flat places, leading the piece to not sit completely flat. The period engraved monogram is quite good, as are the maker's marks. All in all an exceptional piece, with an interesting provenance!

As previously noted, I have separately listed two other pieces (a sugar bowl and a waste bowl) from the same service - these three pieces are available separately, but a group price would be offered should someone want to keep them together.

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