Overall: 7 9/16 x 8 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (19.2 x 21 x 12.2 cm); 18 oz. (560.3 g)
Foot: Diam. 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
This rare surviving teapot by John Coney is an unusual interpretation of the standard pearshaped model (68.141.89) that predominated in England from the late seventeenth century into the 1720s. Its small spout is set close to the body and its cover has an especially high dome. The coat of arms, engraved on an oval shield within a symmetrical cartouche, is that of Mascarene, for JeanPaul Mascarene (1685–1760), a military officer and later lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia.
Inscription: engraved on body to left of handle: [coat of amrs of Mascarene] engraved on cover above coat of arms: [crest of a star]
Marking: marked on underside and on body to left of handle: [crown] / IC / [rabbit] (in shaped surround) marked on bezel of cover: IC (in oval)
Probably Jean-Peal Mascarene (1685–1760); by descent in the Mascarene and Perkins families; Alphonso T. Clearwater; bequest to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933