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Chocolate pot: M.59-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Delapierre, Michel II




Silver; half fluted almost spherical body standing on three scroll legs, with wood handle

Silver; the small body is almost spherical. The lower half is fluted; above this is a narrow band of matting and an applied moulded girdle. The short beak-like spout has a heart-shaped opening. The hinged cover is flat and gadrooned, and has a acorn-shaped finial. The jug stands on three scroll legs with fleur-de lis, scroll and flower capitals. The wooden handle is set at 100 degrees to the body. Opposite the handle is engraved a coat-of-arms.


History note: Not known before testator, Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, LL.D. (1881-1960), Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
1758 CE - 1759 CE


Michel Delapierre I died in 1734, therefore this must be by Michel Delapierre II.

Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
Body composed of silver
To Top Of Finial Height 9.4 cm Height 3 ⅝ in
Gross Weight 190 g Weight 6 : 2 oz : dwt
Side To Handle Width 15.8 cm Width 6¼ in

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'MCP' over 'DL' with fleur-de-lis and crown above

  • Location: On the base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: 'S' with crown above

  • Text: S
  • Location: On the base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Warden's mark

Inscription present: a harrow

  • Location: On the base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Charge mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.59-1961
Primary reference Number: 119299
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 November 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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