About this artwork
Made in the Rococo revival mode by Boston silversmith Obadiah Rich, this teapot includes repoussé ornament and asymmetrical cartouches. On one side, a cartouche is inscribed with the date of the teapot and the initials “RL” and “LL,” presumably for the Boston owners of this vessel. On the other side, a laborer carrying a yoke laden with baskets of produce walks in a lush landscape, likely that of the tropical West Indies.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Americas
- Obadiah Rich
- Silver and wood
- Marked on bottom: O.RICH. / BOSTON / fine Engraved on side: R.L. 1848 L.L.
- H.: 14.4 cm (5 3/4 in.); 492.4 g
- Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. William B. McIlvaine Jr.