On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
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.
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) (show scale)
Engraved on bottom: E B with Y-like figure between.
Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.
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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)
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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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