Punch Pot

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1765-1780

GUSN

GUSN-60955

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

pots (containers)
creamware
POT, PUNCH

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.

Associated Building

Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),

Maker

Attributed to Leeds (Maker)

Location of Origin

Leeds, England

Object Type

Food Service T&E

Dimensions

10 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann

Accession Number

1942.1642