Teapot

Object Number: 
1982.59
Date: 
ca. 1878
Medium: 
Silver, copper, ivory, jade
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. ( 13 x 19 x 9.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on handle: "A. W. R." in block letters below a bishop's miter stamped: on base: "TIFFANY & Co./ 5048 M 892/ STERLING SILVER/ -AND-/ OTHER METALS/ 741"
Description: 
Seamed silver teapot in the Japanese style; squat, square body with slightly curved sides; silver, gold and copper mounts; a vine with leaves meanders around the pot with a copper gourd hanging from it, with a gold butterfly, a copper and gold dragonfly and a copper butterfly applied below; square, hinged lid with a silver leaf mount and a copper beetle; carved, split peach jade finial; silver loop handle with ivory insulators; wide cast flange handle sockets; straight tapered spout with a scrolled bracket between the body and upper spout seam; four curved trapezoidal feet; handle engraved with a bishops miter (unidentified family crest,) and the initials, "A. W. R." in block letters; makers' marks on the base.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Robert G. Goelet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group