Teapot

Maker: Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)

Date: ca. 1782

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (16.5 x 23.8 cm); 17 oz. 7 dwt. (539.2 g)
Base: Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Frances Arnold, 1969

Accession Number: 69.147

Description

This drum-shaped teapot represents a transition to the Neoclassical style. It is one of six surviving Boston examples of this type, all made in the Revere shop. The oval-shaped teapots (33.120.543) so characteristic of Revere's post-Revolutionary War production were made from rolled sheet silver seamed at the handle. The drum-shaped bodies, however, were hammered up from a single disk of silver. Neoclassical styling is evident in the straight reeded spout and handle sockets of this pot and in the cast pinecone finial. The monogram "S I B," engraved on the body in intertwined script, is that of Stephen and Isannah (Hichborn) Bruce, who were married at Kings Chapel in Boston in the autumn of 1776. Isannah was a cousin of Revere’s. The teapot descended in the family until 1969, when it was donated to the Museum.

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