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Punch Pot

1942.1642 (RS179432)

Description

Cream colored pot with apple shaped body and spiral twisted handle. Mask on spout.

Details

Label
Although the form of this piece mimics a teapot, its large size and the lack of a strainer at the base of the spout make it a punch pot, used for serving an alcoholic beverage made from spirits, fruit, sugar, spices, and water. Although punch was a popular drink for most of the eighteenth century, punch pots were only fashionable for about thirty years, from around 1750 to 1780. This example, with its wonderful cream color and intricate entwined overhead handle, is typical of the wares produced by potteries in Leeds, England. Designer Henry Davis Sleeper chose it to decorate his home at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Maker
Attributed to Leeds (Maker)
Date
1765-1780
Location of origin
Leeds, England
Associated Building
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
creamware
Object type
Food Service T&E
Descriptive terms
creamware
POT, PUNCH
pots (containers)
Dimensions
10 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.1642
Credit Line
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
GUSN
60955

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