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Teapot

Maker:
Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1782
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (16.5 x 23.8 cm); 17 oz. 7 dwt. (539.2 g)
Base: Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Frances Arnold, 1969
Accession Number:
69.147
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
This drum-shaped teapot represents a transition to the Neoclassical style. It is one of six surviving Boston examples of this type, all made in the Revere shop. The oval-shaped teapots (33.120.543) so characteristic of Revere's post-Revolutionary War production were made from rolled sheet silver seamed at the handle. The drum-shaped bodies, however, were hammered up from a single disk of silver. Neoclassical styling is evident in the straight reeded spout and handle sockets of this pot and in the cast pinecone finial. The monogram "S I B," engraved on the body in intertwined script, is that of Stephen and Isannah (Hichborn) Bruce, who were married at Kings Chapel in Boston in the autumn of 1776. Isannah was a cousin of Revere’s. The teapot descended in the family until 1969, when it was donated to the Museum.
Inscription: engraved on body to left of handle in interlaced script: SIB

Marking: marked twice on underside: [pellet]REVERE (in rectangle)
Made for Stephen (d. 1806) and Isanna Hichborn (1754–1809) Bruce, Boston, MA; to their daughter, Charlotte Bruce Snow (1780–1814); to her daughter, Frances Snow Arnold (b. 1815); to her daughter, Charlotte Bruce Arnold (1842–1924); to her niece Frances Arnold (1874–1975), Windsor, VT; gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969
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