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Teapot

Object Number: 
1976.55b
Date: 
1859-1860
Medium: 
Silver, ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 7 in. ( 23.5 x 28.6 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
Mark: stamped on base: "W. G & S" in a conforming rectangle over "W/ G/ &/ S"; possibly circle surrounding center punch; and an obscured date, possibly "1856" engraved: in reserves: "T M & M S B" in script
Description: 
Wrought (possibly spun) teapot; circular wide-bellied form with a narrow applied and seamed neck and narrow base; flat bottomed; cast c-scrolls, s-scrolls, and fleur-de-lis applied to the shoulder and neck rims; four applied feet cast as trefoils with cast c-scrolls forming the rest of the rim around the base; high, hinged, domed lid with an acanthus-torch finial; cast c-scroll handle sockets fitted with ivory insulators and a hollow, cast silver c-scroll handle partly covered by acanthus leaves; spout cast in two halves and seamed, s-curve with acanthus leaves on the lower front over a scroll that extends behind the spout into a grape vine design, upper back with a simple acanthus design; chased, repousséd and engraved decoration covers the body and lid with floral garlands beneath waved and scrolled swags; initials, "T M & M S B" engraved in the front reserve in script; maker's mark on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This teapot was made for Thomas Marston Beare (1806-1869) and his wife Mary Saltonstall Beare (1807-1869), whose initials it bears. The same handle and rim decoration can be found on an ewer in the collection of Winterthur (61.964).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Andrew Oliver
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group