Teapot, Jacob Boelen (ca. 1657–1729), Silver, American


Jacob Boelen (ca. 1657–1729)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Overall: 6 7/16 x 10 3/8 x 5 3/16 in. (16.4 x 26.4 x 13.2 cm); 22 oz. 18 dwt. (713.3 g)
Body: H. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm); 18 oz. 13 dwt. (580 g)
Cover: 2 x 4 1/8 in. (5.1 x 10.5 cm); 4 oz. 6 dwt. (133.3 g)
Foot: Diam. 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lloyd K. Garrison, in memory of her father, Pierre Jay, 1961
Accession Number:
61.246a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
The globular body, straight spout, and detachable cover of this teapot imitate Chinese ceramics, while the luxurious armorial engraving, die-stamped foot band, and meander wire are characteristic of early New York silver. The striking contrast of plain surfaces with linear and sculptural ornament characterizes the finest work of this period. Engraved feather mantling surrounds the arms of the Philipse family, wealthy merchants of colonial New York. The teapot later passed into the Jay family.
Inscription: engraved on body to right of handle: [arms and crest of Philipse family]

Marking: marked on underside of base and on rim of cover: IB [with three pellets above] (in shaped surround)
Probably Jacobus and Eva (Philipse) Van Cortlandt; by descended in the Jay family to Pierre Jay (1870–1949); to his daughter, Ellen Jay (Mrs. Lloyd K.) Garrison (1898–1995); gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1961