The raised and inverted pear-style teapot has a center point on bottom. A plain oval foot with vertical step is soldered in place, and a second step rises to the vessel. The S-scroll spout is affixed over strainer holes. The tall, hollow, C-shaped handle with curved thumbgrip and two wooden...
The raised and inverted pear-style teapot has a center point on bottom. A plain oval foot with vertical step is soldered in place, and a second step rises to the vessel. The S-scroll spout is affixed over strainer holes. The tall, hollow, C-shaped handle with curved thumbgrip and two wooden insulators terminates at its shoulder in leafy decoration; the lower section conforms to the shape of the teapot, ending in a rounded tip. The slightly convex lid, with bezel and applied rim, has a small five-part hinge and ridged hingeplate that sets into the applied, molded edge of teapot. The cast and chased finial in the form of a Chinese figure is bolted to the lid. Lively bright-cut engraving of floral decoration appears on handle and spout. Two large oval reserves on body, to each side of handle, provide a focus of interest. One is engraved with initials; the opposite side displays a central floral design. Rococo scrolls filled with diaper patterns or fish-scale decoration surround the ovals; a large scallop shell appears below, extending to foot. Broken scroll band of floral decoration appears along shoulder, between oval reserves.
"E.W.A." engraved in gothic script within oval reserve on body to right of handle.
"O. RICH" stamped incuse and "BOSTON" in raised letters within a rectangle appear on bottom of vessel above and below center point.
Original owner unknown. It has been suggested that the engraved initials, which also appear on a box or tea caddy by Rich in the collection of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are those of Emily Warren Appleton.6 Purchased in 1996 from Argentum, The Leopard’s Head, San Francisco, California.
Gift in honor of Jonathan Fairbanks on the occasion of the silver anniversary of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture by his current staff