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On View Chinese Export Art Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • Chinese silversmith
  • Egg coddler, early 19th century
  • Silver
  • Canton, China
  • H: 11 3/4 in, W: 7 in, D: 5 3/4 in
  • Museum Purchase, 2004
  • AE86487

INSCRIPTION

WE/WE/WC [or WG], P and phms

DESCRIPTION

Very fine and rare silver egg coddler, comprised of a removable coddler to hold ten eggs with pieced floral design at the bottom and plain banding for securing the bases of the eggs. The coddler fits exactly into an ovular outer pot that would have held boiling water. The sides of the pot have chrysanthemum petal around the lower half, a plain upper section and a beaded lip. Two lion head handles attach on either end, each holding a movable ring in its mouth for carrying. Coddlers (though without integral timers) are a form more frequently found in Indian colonial silver. It is possible that this object was made for an English client in India.