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Teapot (with matching sugar bowl)

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The raised and repousséd body has an overall chased floral and foliate decoration. Reserves framed by asymmetrical scrolls on the sides of the teapot hold a monogram and family crest. Leafy vines entwine the rusticated spout and handle. Bracket-shaped feet are composed of twigs, flowers, and...

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Inscription

Boylston family arms engraved within a reserve on the proper right of the handle. Arms depict gules, six cross-crosslets fitchee argent, on a chief gold three pellets, charger, and the crest is lion pass guard holding a cross-crosslet of the field, all withing a Rococo-style cartouche. "MHB" to the left of the handle in gothic-style letters with seraphs above and below within a reserve.

Marks

"GORHAM & COMPANY / PROVIDENCE, RI / STERLING"

Provenance

This teapot may have belonged to Mary Hallowell Boylston (b. 1824), subsequently passing through the Boylston family to Ward Nicholas (d. 1924) and Alice Meehan Boylston (d. 1938); to their daughter Barbara Hallowell Boylston (1913 – 1975) and Paul Webster Bean (b. 1914), m. 1937.

Credit Line

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean

about 1868

Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

24.5 x 25 x 16 cm (9 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.641

Medium or Technique

Sterling silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware