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Teapot

Object Number: 
1940.348a
Date: 
1791/92
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 5/8 x 11 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 16.8 x 28.6 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in the reserve right of the handle: "L J B" in bright-cut script Mark: Five hallmarks stamped in relief along bottom: a lion passant in a chamfered rectangle, a bust of a man in an oval, a crowned leopard's head in a shield, "q" in a chamfered
Description: 
Seamed silver teapot; oval body with straight sides, seamed beneath the handle; applied, cast reeded baseband and applied, cast reeded band at the shoulder; bands of bright-cut geometric, foliate and scroll decoration at the base and below the shoulder; engraved swags around octagonal reserves in the center of each side, in the reserve right of the handle the initials, "L J B" are engraved in bright-cut script; applied, concave shoulder with bands of wheel turned decoration along the edges; applied, cast reeded rim; hinged, domed oval lid with bright-cut and wheel turned bands around the edge; cast silver and carved ivory pineapple finial screwed through the center; straight, tapered round spout joined at the base with bright-cut floral motifs on each side of the lip; two straight, round handle-sockets with reeded edges fitted with a wooden scroll handle; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This teapot belonged to Major Leonard Bleeker (1755-1844) and his wife Johanna Abeel (1764-1810), who married in 1783.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Elizabeth B. Knight
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group