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Teapot

Artist: Gorham Manufacturing Company (active Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-present)

Date: c. 1880
Medium: Sterling silver, ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/4 x 8 1/4in. (18.4 x 21cm)
Markings: Impressed Gorham hallmarks : "[LION] [ANCHOR] [6]/STERLING/C29 M"
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 95.15
Label Text
Silver items were status symbols that represented the owner's ability to purchase luxury goods in the latest vogue. This teapot is a fashionable example of Aesthetic-style silver produced in America. The application of stylized, two-dimensional sunflowers and the angularity of the spout characterize the influence of Japanese design on this fashion. The patterned surface, which is meant to imitate handwork, is also typical of a silver object produced in this vogue.

The Aesthetic movement had numerous permutations ranging from Gothic to Japanese to simplified floral patterns. Other examples of decorative arts created during this period are on view in the gallery: the faux bamboo dressing table, a richly upholstered chair, and the desk made by Kimbel and Cabus.