Overall: 11 x 12 x 6 7/8 in. ( 27.9 x 30.5 x 17.5 cm )
stamped: on base: "W. FORBES" in a rectangle engraved: in the reserves: crowned lion passant
Wrought silver teapot; inverted pear-shaped body on a high domed foot joined to the body by an applied circular pedestal, with an applied vertical footring, both decorated with a die-rolled floral heart motif; concave shoulder; curved, applied, die-rolled floral heart below the vertical lip; hinged, circular raised dome lid with a cast floral and acanthus leaf finial; cast, curved, notched spout with acanthus decoration; cast, silver scroll handle with acanthus leaf decoration; ivory insulators; repoussé and chased floral design on the body and around the foot; Lenox family crest, a lion passant crowned, engraved in the reserves on both sides; maker's mark on the base.
This teapot was made for James Lenox (1800-1800). Wiliam Forbes was the grandson of William Garrett Forbes, and the son of Colin Van Gelder Forbes, both New York silversmiths.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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