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:  castle (Edinburgh town mark);  D (date letter for 1733–34);  K M (maker's mark for Kenneth McKenzie);  AU (mark of assay master Archibald Ure).
Location of marks: On underside of body inside foot ring.
Robert Napier (until 1960; sale, Christie's, London, February 17, 1960, no. 129); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
Artist: Room after a design by Robert Adam (British, Kirkcaldy, Scotland 1728–1792 London)Date: 1763–71Medium: Plaster, pine, mahogany, bronze-gilt, marble, lapis lazuli, steel; wool and silk (22-24 warps per inch, 9-10 per centimeter)Accession: 58.75.1–.22On view in:Not on view