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J.E. Terry and Co.
British, London
Silver, wood
Height (approximate): 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Fong Chow, in memory of his parents, Yk and Rose Chow of Hong Kong, 1998
Accession Number:
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.
Marking: [1] Leopard's head (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] IET (maker's mark for J. E. Terry and Co.);
[4] King's head (duty paid mark);
[5] e (London date letter for 1820–21).

Location of marks:
[1]–[5] on underside of body inside foot rim;
[2], [3], [5] on underside of cover

Note on marks:
[1], [2], [4], [5] arranged radially around [3] punched on underside of base, inside foot ring.
Sir George Wombwell, 3rd Bt. ; Fong Chow (until 1998; to MMA)
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