Description Pots made to serve hot chocolate rather than coffee may be distinguished by a small hole in the lid covered by a sliding or detachable finial. When this hole is uncovered, a swizzle stick can be inserted to stir the hot chocolate and to remove the foam. This pot illustrates the restrained version of the rococo style that remained fashionable in Paris into the late 1770s.
Provenance John Alfonse Walter, Aux Cayes, Haiti, prior to 1793 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1827 inventory]; Susan Rodgers (wife of John Alfonse Walter), Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by inheritance; Laura Walter, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by inheritance; Ethel R. Gray, Baltimore, 1911, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1948, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1948
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