Cream Pitcher with William T. Walters Monogram


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Monogrammed dinning services were essential items in wealthy 19th-century households. The diaries of George A. Lucas, a Paris-based art agent, record that he and William T. Walters were coordinating the ordering of a set of monogrammed Sèvres porcelain in late 1864. More items were ordered in the following years, from Sèvres or directly from Pillivuyt, often by the dozen. The same monogram (the intertwined initials "W.T.W") appears on the bindings of William's albums of drawings, and his napkins, glassware, and stationary.

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  • Title: Cream Pitcher with William T. Walters Monogram
  • Creator: Pillivuyt and Co.
  • Date Created: 1864
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Pillivuyt and Co., Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, active 1756-present)
  • Provenance: Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1864; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931 [1]. [1] Found in the former Walters residence at 5 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore
  • Object Type: pitchers
  • Medium: porcelain
  • Inscriptions: [Monogram] WTW
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Dimensions: H: 4 1/2 x W with handle: 3 7/16 x D: 4 7/16 in. (11.4 x 8.7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1864
  • Classification: Ceramics
  • Accession Number: 48.1875

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