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Teapot

Maker:
Kenneth McKenzie (active 1714–after 1733)
Date:
1733–34
Culture:
Scottish, Edinburgh
Medium:
Silver, wood
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.88
Not on view
Although politically united, England and Scotland had distinctive social customs, a fact reflected in their silver works. Scottish silver and gold design remained independent of London styles and fashions until the mid-eighteenth century. The completely spherical "bullet" teapot, along with matching milk jug (see 1983.224) and sugar bowl, was an especially Scottish, particularly Edinburgh preference. These three objects, made by three Edinburgh goldsmiths within a few years of each other, exemplify the broad demand for this shape. Characteristic also is the restrained narrow band of engraved ornament on all three pieces.
Marking: [1] castle of Edinburgh;
[2] D, date letter;
[3] K M, maker's mark for Kenneth McKenzie;
[4] AU, mark of assay master Archibald Ure

Location of marks:
Robert Napier (until 1960; sale, Christie's, February 17, 1960, no. 129) ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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