Chiselled and engraved silver, ebony
Joannes Josephus II Hennekin
H : 29,2 cm
Weight : 1082 grams
Zilver uit Antwerpen, Zilvermuseum Sterckshof, 2006, p. 240.
Chocolate began to appear in the provinces of the Southern Low Countries at the end of the 17th century. This exotic drink was attributed not only with energising and healing properties but also as an aphrodisiac, which is why it was only available to adults. The first testimonies of silver chocolate makers in our regions only date from the beginning of the 18th century and the majority of those that remain are from after the 1740s.
This example has a lid with a hole hidden under the knob which is used to pass the handle of the "moussoir". Note the wide spacing of the feet which ensures good stability of the piece when mixing the chocolate with the milk. The spout in the shape of an Indian head is a unique example among the Antwerp chocolate pots known to date. Another example, executed by the goldsmith Hennekin, is remarkably engraved and is kept in Antwerp (DIVA Museum, inv. no. S75/10).