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Teapot (from a six-piece tea service)

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This is a raised vessel, rectangular in section. It has a rounded rectangular base with a stamped base molding in a repeating flower pattern, with one step rising to stamped gadrooned neck and bulbous rectangular bowl. A rose pattern molding surrounds the vessel, to which the upper handle...

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Inscription

Engraved in script on side of vessel to right of handle "M S/ 1813 / K K J"

Marks

Unmarked

Provenance

This assembled tea set includes a teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl marked by Philip Garrett of Philadelphia and engraved “M.S. 1813” for Mary Stevenson at the time of her marriage that year to Alexander Johnston. The “KKJ” added later stands for Katharine Kelso Johnston, m. Robert Simpson Cassatt in 1835. The waste bowl marked by the Wilsons (engraved “RSC,” possibly for Robert Simpson Cassatt) and presumably the two unmarked teapots were added to the set about 1835, when Katharine Kelso Johnston Cassatt inherited her maternal grandmother’s tea set and added these three pieces to it. All three of these later pieces may be by the partnership of Robert and William Wilson. The assembled set descended in the family until it was given by the descendants of the original owners and of the artist Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 – 1926), a granddaughter of Mary Stevenson Johnston, in honor of Eugenia Cassatt Madeira.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in honor of Eugenia Cassatt Madeira

about 1835

Object Place

Possibly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Dimensions

21 x 22.8 x 12 cm (8 1/4 x 9 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1982.359

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware