Overall: 10 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. ( 26.7 x 33.7 x 19 cm ) Silver Weight: 40 oz (troy) 12 dwt (1262 g)
engraved: in front cartouche: "G" in script stamped: on base: "W. G" in rectangle over an eagle in a circle and an unidentified hallmark in an ellipse
Wrought silver teapot; gadrooned, inverted pear-shaped body with chased acanthus leaves in each lobe of the lower body, chased floral cartouches on the front and back of the upper body; on a round, molded foot with a band of chased and repousséd flowers and leaves, applied vertical footring with a die-rolled bead and floral design; joined to the body by a round egg and dart pedestal; applied, cast concave shoulder with a cast acanthus band below and an applied flat-ring neck above; applied, vertical rim with a die-rolled bead and floral design; hinged, circular lid, flat at the edges with a round gadrooned dome in the center, covered with chased and repousséd flowers; cast, fruit basket finial; scroll handle partly covered with acanthus leaves and flowers; scroll terminals form the handle sockets which are fitted with ivory insulators; curved spout cast in four pieces; two lower halves covered in flowers and plants, two upper halves form a bird's head spout with a notched lip and acanthus leaf pendant; "G" engraved in script in the front cartouche; maker's marks stamped on the base.
This teapot is part of a raised and chased tea service with a related hot water urn and is an example of the many variations of sets available to wealthy Americans during the 1830s and 1840s. The set illustrates the ways in which families augmented (or disassembled) them over time. The assembled service belonged to Dr. Isaac John Greenwood (1795-1865), a prominent New York City physician and dentist. Greenwood was the son of Dr. John Greenwood (1760-1819), a Revolutionary War veteran who arrived in New York in about 1785, and by 1789 had earned the distinction of becoming George Washington's dentist. Isaac Greenwood may have acquired the tea service around 1832, following his marriage to his second wife, Mary McKay (1815-1899). The couple probably had the hot water urn made later to match the set.
Bequest of Mary MacKaye Greenwood
Isaac John Greenwood (1795-1865), who married (2nd) Mary McKay (1815-1899); to their son Isaac John Greenwood, Jr. (1833-1911), who married Mary Agnes Rudd (1847-1890); to their daughter Mary MacKaye Greenwood (1871-1968), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.