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Covered Tea Canister

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Each canister is of inverted pear form resting on a spreading base. The foot is raised and chased with an abstract undulating motif. Between the top of the raised section and the base pf the body is a cast spacer of C-scrolls that is crudely soldered to both. The body of the vessel is raised and...

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On each, on inside rim of foot, lion passant (repeated on bezel of cover); maker's mark NS (Grimwade 2102) (repeated on bezel of cover); leopard's head crowned; date letter i.


Estate of Victor George Henry Francis, 5th Marquess Conyngham, sold Christie's, London, February 10, 1938, lot 36, purchased by Thomas Lumley, London; collection of Major W.M. Tapp by August 1938; A.G. Lewis Collection, New York, by 1951; Lent by Mrs. S.J. Katz, 1973; Gift of Jessie and Sigmund Katz to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 30, 1988) By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

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Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

English (London), 1744–45

Object Place

London, England


Height: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.), diameter of body: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.), weight: 377 gm (12 oz 2 dwt)

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