François-Thomas Germain / Coffeepot / 18th century (1756-57)François-Thomas Germain
18th century (1756-57)

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Creator Name: Germain, François-Thomas
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1726-1791, master 1748
Creator Name-CRT: François-Thomas Germain
Title: Coffeepot
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1756
Creation End Date: 1757
Creation Date: 18th century (1756-57)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silver
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: H. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm), W. with handle 12 in. (30.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 33.165.1
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1933

Germain, the son of a royal silversmith, was himself appointed 'orfèvre du roi' in 1748. From then until about 1765 he was the most fashionable silversmith in Paris, with a workshop of more than one hundred craftsmen executing commissions for the courts of France, Portugal, and Russia. This coffeepot is one of six made as part of a large table service ordered in 1756 by Joseph I of Portugal. With this masterful Rococo design Germain created an extraordinary impression of movement and surface brilliance through the spiral channeling of the body, the scrolled and foliate legs and feet, and the swirl of coffee leaves and berries at the base of the handle.

AMICA ID: MMA_.33.165.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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