L52

Peter Chitry Classical Lidded Coin Silver Ewer, New York City, c. 1823


Of circular lobed form on raised pedestal foot and incurved spout and conforming lid accentuated with floral and foliate die-rolled bands and a cast and chased acanthus leaf finial. In excellent condition, the ewer measures approximately 12.5" tall.

This very rare American covered ewer was made by Chitry in his shop at the corner of Burrows and Henry Streets in New York City (near Wall St.) and is dated 1823. Of superb design, its fine proportions and detail indicate it is a masterpiece of American classical silver. Examples of silver from Chitry's shop are quite rare - there are examples at Yale and the Worcester Museum of Art.

Chitry, whose family was of French descent, came to New York with his brother shortly before this ewer was made, fleeing the bloody Haitian invasion of Santa Domingo where his family had settled after leaving France.

Condition: Excellent - this piece retains its original surface with a couple very minor dings.
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