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Teapot

I. C.

Date:
1699–1700
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver, ebony
Dimensions:
H. 5-5/8 in. (14.3 cm.); L. 11-5/8 in. (29.5 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948
Accession Number:
48.187.78
  • Description

    This teapot appears to be the only Parisian silver teapot of the period to have survived. The custom of tea drinking was still relatively new in France when this teapot was made, and its small size reflects the high cost of tea. Tea never gained the popularity of either coffee or chocolate in France, and silver teapots do not seem to have been produced in large quantities in the eighteenth century.
    The design of the teapot closely corresponds to Nicolas-Ambroise Cousinet's drawing of a teapot made for the duc d'Aumont. It is known that Cousinet sent the drawing to the Swedish court in 1702; French silver set the artistic standard for court silver throughout Europe, and the Swedes were especially influenced by French designs.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: [1] Crowned fleur-de-lis, 2 grains de remède, I C, a pellet between letters (unidentified maker's mark);
    [2] A, with scepter and hand of justice (Paris charge mark, 1697–1704);
    [3] Crowned F (Paris warden's mark, 1699–1700);
    [4] Crowned lizard (Paris discharge mark for work made in more than one piece, 1697–1704);

    Location of marks:
    [1], [2], [3] inside cover;
    [1]-[4] under base;
    [1] on spout;
    [4] on flange under cover

  • Provenance

    Catherine D. Wentworth (until 1948; bequeathed to MMA)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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