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Tea Caddy

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


c. 1802


Ward, Bartholomew & Trott
American, active 1802–03
Hartford, Connecticut

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, Gallery 168


Arts of the Americas


Ward, Bartholomew & Trott


Tea Caddy


Hartford (Object made in)


c. 1802




Marked on bottom, in rectangle: WB & T Engraved at center on front: R. B. M. N.


15.9 × 4 × 14.6 cm (6 1/4 × 4 × 5 3/4 in.); 507.6 g

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. James C. Hutchins Jr.

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