Teapot

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

c. 1793

Artist:

Daniel Van Voorhis
American, 1751–1824
New York

About this artwork

The style of this tea set (1950.1584 and 1950.1648a-c) was a popular one in New York at the turn of the 19th century. The shapes and decoration of the set were inspired by classical Roman designs unearthed at Herculaneum and Pompeii during the 1730s, and reinterpretation of the finds were disseminated in the popular furniture designs of Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite. The bright-cut engraving is typical of the period. The Van Voorhis pieces employ a large drapery swag as a background to the central motif containing engraved initials of the original owner. The companion tea caddy (1950.1585) was made later to match the three-piece set; though the engraving on the caddy looks the same as those on the rest of the set, close examination reveals that it is by a different hand.

On View

American Art, Gallery 168

Artist

Daniel Van Voorhis

Title

Teapot

Origin

New York City

Date

1793

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked: "D. V. VOORHIS" (in rectangle), with two eagles within diamonds appearing above and below name; engraved at center on proper left side: "R.B.M.N."

Dimensions

15.9 × 28.6 × 12.1 cm (6 1/4 × 11 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.); 680.3 g

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. Cyrus H. Adams and Mrs. James C. Hutchins Jr.

Reference Number

1950.1584

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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