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Teapot

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
VESSELS FOR FASHIONABLE BEVERAGES IN BRITISH AMERICA
As in Spanish America, the consumption of fashionable beverages—tea, coffee, and chocolate—became a fundamental part of socializing in the increasingly prosperous British American colonies. The serving of these exotic beverages required new furniture types such as the tea table (on view nearby), as well as artifacts made of silver or fine pottery such as teapots, coffeepots, chocolate pots, creamers, sugar bowls, flatware, and cups and saucers.


VAJILLA PARA LAS BEBIDAS DE MODA EN LA AMÉRICA BRITÁNICA
Así como en Hispanoamérica, el consumo de las bebidas de moda—té, café y chocolate—se convirtió en una parte fundamental de la vida social de las cada vez más prósperas colonias británicoamericanas. Para servir estas bebidas exóticas se necesitaban nuevos tipos de muebles como la mesa de té (en exposición) y utensilios hechos de cerámica fina o plata como teteras, cafeteras, jarras de chocolate, jarras para crema, azucareros, cubiertos, tazas y platillos.
MEDIUM Silver with wooden handle
DATES 18th century
DIMENSIONS 6 1/8 x 9 9/16 x 4 15/16 in. (15.6 x 24.3 x 12.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Engraved on bottom: E B with Y-like figure between.
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1997.188.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION William Simpkins (American, 1704-1780). Teapot, 18th century. Silver with wooden handle, 6 1/8 x 9 9/16 x 4 15/16 in. (15.6 x 24.3 x 12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc., 1997.188.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.188.2_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1997.188.2_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver teapot with inverted, pear-shaped body on stepped, molded, applied foot ring. Short, cast, s-shaped spout with fluted panels at lower section and blank acanthus pad at the top of spout. C-shaped wooden handle with c-curved thumb rest; cylindrical lower socket, scrolled upper socket. Slightly domed, hinged lid with cast, inverted pineapple finial. Shoulder of pot is chased with ruffles, c-scrolls, and floral motifs. Chased, eight-pointed medallion centers finial. CONDITION: Normal wear, otherwise fine.
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William Simpkins (American, 1704-1780). <em>Teapot</em>, 18th century. Silver with wooden handle, 6 1/8 x 9 9/16 x 4 15/16 in. (15.6 x 24.3 x 12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc., 1997.188.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.188.2_PS6.jpg)