Teapot with stand
Part (stand): 1 x 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (2.5 x 19.1 x 16.5 cm) Part (teapot): 8 x 10 1/4 x 6 in. (20.3 x 26 x 15.2 cm) Sil
engraved: in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Mark: stamped on base: "GALE & WILLIS/ NEW-YORK/ 925 STERLING/ 4"
Seamed silver teapot and stand; curved and fluted ovoid body with a flat applied base and shoulder with a raised convex lip; all over steel roller-die cut engraving in geometric and floral patterns with a shield shaped reserve on each side; hinged, oval domed cover with an steel roller engraved border and an urn shaped finial; straight tapered oval spout, seamed on the upper side with foliate bright-cut pendants at the lip, up the underside from the base and at the sides; handle sockets, upper vertical, lower curved to fit ivory insulators and squared silver handle with steel roller-die engraving; "L S L H" engraved in the front shield-shaped reserve in gothic letters. Flat silver stand in the shape of the teapot with raised, molded edge with a cast edge in the form of egg and dart molding; flat surface steel roller die engraved with foliate designs around a shield shaped reserve engraved, "L S L H" in gothic letters; four acanthus on ball feet at the corners.
This teapot and stand was part of a service owned by Lydia Smith Lawrence Horn (1835-1894), who came from a distinguished Long Island family. Inspired by the symmetry, straight lines, and bright-cut decoration of American Federal silver, this service is an example the Neoclassical revival. This six-piece tea and coffee service recalls English and American tea services of the 1790s to 1810s that were constructed from seamed silver sheet, then a new material. This service is manufactured primarily from thick-grade silver sheet. The decoration was achieved through a combination of machine and hand processes. The symmetrical designs were probably first stamped or impressed, while the intricate details were hand-engraved.
Gift of Sarah Lawrence Horn and Mary Thurston Horn
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