Origin: America, District of Columbia, Georgetown
OH: 5 1/8"; OW: 6 5/8"; OD: 4 7/8"
Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund
Acc. No. 2013-144,4
Raised oval urn-shaped body chased into 8 vertical panels on a stepped oval spreading foot; upper body chased onto wide horizontal band, with applied horizontal bands at edge.
Label:Charles Alexander Burnett was the most prolific and important silversmith in the vicinity of the new nation’s seat of government, first working in Fredericksburg, Virginia (1788-1793), then Alexandria, Virginia (1793-ca. 1796), and finally Georgetown, DC (1796-ca. 1840). His clientele included members of Washington society, politicians and presidents. This teaset made in Alexandria is in Burnett’s earlier, more restrained neoclassical style; it has a family history of ownership by Mary Randolph of Virginia whose initials are engraved on three of the four pieces.
Provenance:According to the vendor, the teaset has a family history of ownership by Mary Randolph of Amelia Courthouse, Virginia. The specific identity of this Mary Randolph remains unknown.
Mark(s):C•A•BURNETT in rectangle, 2 times on inside base
Inscription(s):Engraved "MR" in sprigged script within a floral festooned cartouche