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Teakettle, lamp, and table

Simon Pantin I (British, ca. 1672–1728)

British, London
Silver, wood
Overall (stand, confirmed): 25 1/4 x 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. 5.75 kg 184 oz 17 dwg (64.1 x 37.8 x 37.8 cm) Overall (kettle, confirmed): 15 1/4 x 10 x 7 1/2 in., 2.25 kg 72 oz. 7 dwg . (38.7 x 25.4 x 19.1 cm) Total Weight (confirmed) 10.75 kg - 345 oz 12 dwg
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
  • Description

    The "Queen Anne" style kettle, with its stand and spirit burner and its accompanying silver table, is the most important surviving work of the celebrated Huguenot silversmith Simon Pantin, who was active in London in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Pantin enjoyed the patronage of influential fashionable clients, including the king. The owners of this piece of tea equipment, George Bowes and his wife, Eleanor Verney, daughter and sole heir of an immensely wealthy father, lived in Yorkshire. Their combined coats of arms are engraved on the kettle, stand, and tabletop, which, somewhat unusually, can be unscrewed from the table shaft to form a salver standing on four feet. The shape of these feet, the octagonal forms of the tabletop with its upwardly curving rim, and the octagonal plan of the kettle itself derive from Chinese forms that were familiar in London at the time in imported lacquers and porcelains. The table tripod and shaft, however, are inspired by contemporary wood furniture.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: (On underside of kettle): 69=19;
    (On underside of spirit-lamp holder): 46=4;
    (On underside of tray): 41=11;
    (On top of shaft of tripod): "this 184=8/the whole 342=2"

    Marking: [1] a peacock in his pride, SP below in conforming shaped punch, maker's mark (Grimwade 2606)
    [2] I, date letter for London, 1724-25;
    [3] Leopard's head crowned, London assay mark;
    [4] Lion passant;

    Location of marks:
    [1]-[4] on underside of kettle, on underside of spirit lamp, on upper surface of tray; on tripod at top of baluster.
    [1] and [4] on insetting rim of cover of teakettle;
    [4] on cover of spirit lamp;
    [1] on side of plinth of one of the tripod feet

  • Provenance

    Sir George Bowes ; by descent, the Earl(s) of Strathmore (from 1767–1929 [kettle]; until 1948 [tripod]) ; [tripod stand: Christie's, London , December 8, 1948, lot 127; sold to Phillips ] ; [ Phillips, London , 1948 ] ; A. R. Trittin (from 1948 [tripod]; until 1955 [kettle & tripod]) ; [ Christie's, London , June 29, 1955, lot 1; sold to Moffat ] ; Moffat (from 1955) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (until 1956; to Untermyer, April 3, 1956) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1956–68; to MMA) Irwin Untermyer, New York (until 1968).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History