Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by David Harris

Coffee urn
Silversmith: James Young
Engraved silver
H: 38 cm
Gift of David Berg, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, In memory of his mother Ida Berg
Accession number: B90.0502
A George III silver coffee urn by James Young, London, 1787. This elegant urn in the neo-classical manner owes much to the influence of Robert Adam. The two medallions depicting male and female classical figures are probably based on the paste reporduction of antique gemstones produced by James Tassie which were extensively used by goldsmiths as a source of decoration at this period. The interior of the urn holds a small metal rod which can be withdrawn, heated, and replaced in order to keep the contents hot.

The Eighteenth Century English Dining Room, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir