This pitcher is a rare example of American silver in the Egyptian revival taste. After the Civil War, American visual culture began to incorporate non-Western aesthetics, and looked to the art and cultures of Japan, as well as the Middle East and North Africa for design inspiration. The pitcher was probably designed by John Rudolph Wendt for the leading silver retailer Ball, Black & Company. According to its engraved inscription, the pitcher was presented to J. W. Bowdish, founding cashier, by the Directors of the National Bank of Pawling, New York.
Ball, Black, & Co., Pitcher, ca. 1872 (2005.10). #metamericanwing #themet #silver #egyptian