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Pitcher and Tray

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Pitcher and Tray

Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company (active Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-present)

Date: 1893
Medium: Silver
Overall: 16 1/4 x 12in. (41.3 x 30.5cm)
Inscribed: Bottom of pitcher: Gorham marks (lion/Anchor/G) "4708" inside oval/"8"/ "8 1/2 pints"/ "sterling" and script monogram "MGB". Bottom of tray: Gorham marks (worn)/ "5110" in oval/ "8"/ "Sterling". Script monogram "MGB" in top center (front) of tray.
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2002.5.a-b
Label Text
Artisans at the Gorham Manufacturing Company created this pitcher and tray in 1893 for display at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The elaborate and finely rendered Renaissance revival-style decoration features detailed swags, strap work, and mythical characters. According to Gorham Company records, it took sixty hours to fashion the pitcher and 215 hours for the chaser to execute the ornamentation. The scene depicted is drawn from Homer's epic Greek poem The Odyssey. Here the Cyclops, Polyphemus, holds Odysseus and his men captive. To escape, the men blind Polyphemus after he has fallen into a drunken slumber.