Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot
Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot
Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot

Pre-Revolutionary Paul Revere Silver Coffee Pot

  • This is one of only 3 armorial coffee pots Paul Revere made prior to the Revolution
  • Known as a legendary American patriot, Revere was also a gifted silversmith
  • Revere's pre-Revolutionary silver is found in the world's most prestigious musums
  • This coffee pot is the most significant article of Revere silver available anywhere
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Item No. 30-8971
$1,850,000
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This phenomenal and incredibly rare antique silver coffee pot by patriot Paul Revere is one of only three armorial coffee pots he made prior to the American Revolution. The other two are housed in the collections of the Worcester Art Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. The pot was created at a time when Revere was a most active participant in the events that lead to the nation's independence. It bears all of the traits held by only the most important artifacts, characteristics that separate the great from the extraordinary. In terms of maker, quality and history, this coffee pot is the most significant article of Revere silver available anywhere. Such a remarkable piece of pre-Revolutionary American silver, made by this legendary Patriot and craftsman, would be the most important piece of silver a collector could ever hope to acquire.

Born in 1734 to a Huguenot silversmith, Paul Revere's patriotism and his contribution to the American decorative arts is of inestimable value. He was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, which tells of how he heroically rode through the countryside warning of the approaching British troops at the beginning of the American Revolution. This legendary event, along with his extraordinary work as a silversmith, has left a lasting legacy for Paul Revere.

In 1768, on the eve of the American Revolution, Revere crafted the “Sons of Liberty Bowl,” now housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In fact, he was one of a handful of silversmiths that could complete a work of silver from start to finish, including the engraving. Both before and after serving his country during the Revolution, Revere was at the forefront of American silver, producing elegant bowls, sauceboats and creamers. By far, his most important works are coffee pots, which only 15 are listed in his records books. Of those, only three pre-Revolutionary, armorial examples exist, including the present example.

The coffee pot bears the armorial of the Dudley family with the motto “Frangas non flectes” (“Broken, not bowed”), and marked “REVERE” on the base. The most renowned Dudleys in colonial Boston were the family of Governors Thomas and Joseph Dudley.

Circa 1775

9 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" deep x 11" high
Case: 13 1/8" wide x 6 1/2" deep x 16" high

35.8 ounces

Provenance:
Dudley Family;
Mr. and Mrs. John Hopkins, to her niece;
Mehetibel Greene (Mrs. William Simons), to her daughters;
Mr. Arons of Ansonia (probably Harry Arons; 1937);
James Grahm & Sons, Inc., New York;
W.T.H Howe;
Lena D. Howe, heirs of the late Hattie E. Cheney;
Sold Parke-Bernet Galleries, November 9, 1946, lot 58;
Private Collection, Boston, Massachusetts;
Private Collection, Miami, Florida;
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009;
Private Collection, Austin, Texas;
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2019
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:America
Type:Tea & Coffee Pots/Services
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