Tea service

Object Number: 
1976.29a-d
Date: 
ca. 1787
Medium: 
Silver, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 12 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (19.1 x 31.4 x 11.1 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: each piece is engraved at center front with nearly identical bright cut shield with interior script cipher: "J M A H" Description: Shields are surrounded with bright-cut crest of cascading foliage and bellflowers, and foliage continues and
Description: 
Wrought and seamed silver tea service consisting of a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl with lid; teapot has an oval body with straight sides, seamed beneath the handle; wrought helmet-shaped creamer; wrought urn-shaped sugar bowl; bright-cut shield reserves with foliate swags on both sides of the teapot and the front of the creamer and sugar bowl, engraved "J M A H"; maker's marks on the base teapot, and sides of the bases of the creamer and sugar bowl.
Gallery Label: 
This understated tea set, with its spare teapot, sugar urn, and helmet-shaped milk pot, is typical of many American Neoclassical tea sets of the 1790s to 1810s, the body of the teapot and its domed cover were constructed from rolled silver. Although its companion pieces have raised bodies, they are supported by pedestal feet and plinth-like stands assembled from sheet silver. The cipher "J M A H" identifies the original owners of the tea set, John A. Hardenbrook (1761-1832) and Mary Aymar (1763-1838), who married in 1787. The inclusion of each of the couple's initials suggests that the tea set may have been a gift to commemorate their marriage. Hardenbrook was a prominent New York broker and one of the twenty-four signatories of the 1792 Buttonwood Agreement, which led to the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Louise Hardenbrook
Provenance: 
John A. Hardenbrook (1761-1832) and his wife Mary Aymar (1763-1838); probably inherited by their daughter Rebecca M. Hardenbrook (1791-1859), who married Hyder Somarindyck (b. 1786); probably passed to their son John William Somarindyck (1815-1896); to his cousin Benjamin Crane Hardenbrook (ca. 1838-1900), who married Laura G. Wild (1855-after 1930); to their daughter Louise Hardenbrook (1881-1971), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group