Teapot

Object Number: 
1977.55a
Date: 
ca. 1815
Medium: 
Coin silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 11 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. ( 20.3 x 29.5 x 16.8 cm )
Marks: 
Engraving: center front: a lion's arm erect, holding cross of the field
Description: 
Wrought coin silver teapot; round in plan with wide gadrooning around the lower body; round stepped base joined to the body by a ring pedestal; stamped diamond bands applied to the vertical footrings and the ring pedestal; plain upper body, below a plain concave shoulder flared to a stamped diamond band; convex doming above with a vertically applied rim decorated with a stamped rope design; hinged, stepped domed lid with a serrated baluster finial; rectangular handle sockets, upper vertically positioned, lower curved and angled; fitted with ebony insulators and a squared silver handle; plain, curved, notched duck's head spout, seamed up the back; engraved with the crest of the King family, a lion's arm erect, holding cross of the field, at the front center; no maker's marks.
Gallery Label: 
This teapot belonged to Rufus King (1755-1827), American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, and a twice unsuccessful candidate to the Presidency of the U.S.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carol F. Jopling and Mr. Robert King Farrington
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group