Artist:Eoff & ShepherdBall, Black & Company
Medium: Silver, ivory
Dimensions: 15 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (38.4 x 24.8 x 20 cm)
Accession Number: 2000.6.10a-c
Catalogue Description: Silver teakettle on stand with burner, elaborately decorated with repoussé, incised, and cast decorations. (a) Teakettle has pear-shaped body with hinged lid; raised on four feet composed of cast naturalistic flowers and leaves; attached S-shaped spout; and hinged handle that arches over top of lid. Body sectioned into several registers bordered by foliate and floral decorations; registers contain vignettes with a figure sitting under a tree, including an Chinese man holding a bird, a woman holding a fan, a man holding an umbrella, and a woman playing a guitar. (The center register on both front and back sides of kettle is blank, presumably for inscriptions.) The neck of the kettle and the lid are fluted and incised foliate decorations; finial of lid is formed of cast flowers and leaves. Spout is textured to resemble bark and is covered with applied flowers, vines, and leaves. Hinge plates for handle consist of head of a bearded man. Handle is bowed out at sides and covered with foliate and scroll forms; two ivory bands around grip. (b) Stand: ring with angled sides raised on four S-shaped legs, each decorated with head of a cherub at the top, shells, and a flat palmette foot; cast garlands of flowers hang between the legs. Within the stand is a simple frame for holding the oil burner. Teakettle sits on ring and can be fastened to the stand with two pins that are chained to the base. (c) Bowl shaped burner with straight sides and slightly domed cover; wick in center.