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Teakettle, lamp, and table

Simon Pantin I (British, ca. 1672–1728)
British, London
Silver, wood
Overall (stand, confirmed): 25 1/4 x 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. 5.75 kg 184 oz 17 dwg (64.1 x 37.8 x 37.8 cm);
Overall (kettle, confirmed): 15 1/4 x 10 x 7 1/2 in., 2.25 kg 72 oz. 7 dwg . (38.7 x 25.4 x 19.1 cm);
Total weight (confirmed) 10.75 kg - 345 oz 12 dwg
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
The "Queen Anne" style kettle, with its stand and spirit burner and its accompanying silver table, is the most important surviving work of the celebrated Huguenot silversmith Simon Pantin, who was active in London in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Pantin enjoyed the patronage of influential fashionable clients, including the king. The owners of this piece of tea equipment, George Bowes and his wife, Eleanor Verney, daughter and sole heir of an immensely wealthy father, lived in Yorkshire. Their combined coats of arms are engraved on the kettle, stand, and tabletop, which, somewhat unusually, can be unscrewed from the table shaft to form a salver standing on four feet. The shape of these feet, the octagonal forms of the tabletop with its upwardly curving rim, and the octagonal plan of the kettle itself derive from Chinese forms that were familiar in London at the time in imported lacquers and porcelains. The table tripod and shaft, however, are inspired by contemporary wood furniture.
#2154. Teakettle, lamp, and table
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Inscription: On underside of kettle: 69=19;
On underside of spirit-lamp holder: 46=4;
On underside of tray: 41=11;
On top of shaft of tripod: this 184=8/the whole 342=2

Marking: [1] a peacock in his pride, SP below in conforming shaped punch (maker's mark for Simon Pantin);
[2] I (London date letter for 1724–25);
[3] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[4] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on underside of kettle, on underside of spirit lamp, on upper surface of tray; on tripod at top of baluster.
[1], [4] on insetting rim of cover of teakettle;
[4] on cover of spirit lamp;
[1] on side of plinth of one of the tripod feet
Sir George Bowes ; by descent, the Earl(s) of Strathmore (from 1767–1929 [kettle]; until 1948 [tripod]) ; [ tripod stand: Christie's, London , December 8, 1948, lot 127; sold to Phillips ] ; [ Phillips, London , 1948 ] ; A. R. Trittin (from 1948 [tripod]; until 1955 [kettle and tripod]) ; [ sale, Christie's, London , June 29, 1955, lot 1; sold to Moffat ] ; Moffat (from 1955) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until April 3, 1956; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1956–68; to MMA)
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