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Coffee pot

Coffee pot

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1749-1750 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shruder, James (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast, chased and engraved, with an ivory handle

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 53, case 2

Object Type
For this coffee pot, ivory has been used for the handle because of its heat-resistant properties. A matching tea kettle is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

A standard baluster form of pot and cover has been transformed by elaborate and fantastical marine decoration characteristic of the flamboyant Rococo style The form of the finial and of the spout is composed of boldly-modelled cast elements, also on a marine theme.

Design Sources
Much of the decoration is taken from ornamental engravings by the celebrated French designer Jacques de Lajoue (1686-1761). The sea-horse is from his Second livre de cartouches, published in Paris in 1734, while the dolphins and boat are based closely on a design from the Recueil nouveau de differens cartouches, also of 1734. The sea-horse motif that appears on both the coffee pot and the tea kettle also forms part of the decoration of the enamelled porcelain service made in China for Leake Okeover (1701-1765) around 1740. The goldsmith who made this pot, James Shruder (active 1737-49), unusually designed his own trade card, and he was probably responsible for the scene depicting Poseidon with his trident.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1749-1750 (hallmarked)


Shruder, James (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast, chased and engraved, with an ivory handle

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved with the arms of Okeover impaling Nichol, for Leake Okeover (1701-1765) and his wife, Mary Nichol


Height: 28.3 cm, Width: 26 cm

Object history note

Made in the London workshop of James Shruder (active 1737-1749)

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The goldsmith took parts of the design from French Rococo prints published around 1734. Such prints, and their English copies, taught British craftsmen about Rococo ornament. Until about 1740 the style was largely confined to silver and prints in Britain. [27/03/2003]


Metalwork; Drinking; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; British Galleries


Metalwork Collection

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