Gift of Fong Chow, in memory of his parents, Yk and Rose Chow of Hong Kong, 1998
Not on view
Prominently displayed within shaped shields are the arms of Sir George Wombwell, second baronet (1769–1846), on one side, and on the other his crest—a unicorn's head. The form of this teapot is that of a low compressed pear shape. The ornament, with its double curve handle and stand-away spout modeled in relief with the head of a serpent, is a flight of fancy far removed from the prevailing correct taste for Neoclassic serenity and massiveness. There are Chinese figures in landscapes in low relief on both sides and on the dome of the hinged cover a disarming figure of a Chinese boy, leaning backwards and looking out.
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540