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Teapot (part of a tea and coffee service)

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The piece is embellished with flowering vines, veined leaves, and budding flowers. The elliptical vessel was raised and shaped with ribbed vertical sections that frame the broader right and left. The handle and spout are seamed and the lid hinged, with an ornate seedpod finial. Part of the ivory...

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"ISN" scratched onto bottom of teapot, to right of monogram.


"Martelé / [lion passant] [anchor surmounted by a spread eagle] G / 9584 / H / WZ" struck on base and under foot. A skeleton-key date mark struck in various locations on base.


According to family tradition, this set was purchased from Gorham by a New York district attorney as a gift to celebrated New York singer Lillian "Diamond Lil" Russell. It was subsequently acquired by Eskind, an antique dealer in Newton, Massachusetts, who sold it to Betty and Saul Palais about 1940.

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In loving memory of Betty and Saul Palais


Object Place

United States


20.8 x 26.6 x 15.5 cm (8 3/16 x 10 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware