Tilting Kettle and Stand

Tilting Kettle and Stand

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Raised, spiral-lobed, compressed globular tilting kettle with Chinoiserie decoration, including a cast and applied fixed crabstock bail handle, S-curve spout springing from an inverted dragon's head at its base, and crabstock knop on the circular, hinged lid. Ten chased and repousse panels on its body depict bamboo, chrysanthemums or peonies, flowering prunus branches and dragons, all on a finely-textured ground; Oriental scenes on two side panels feature a scholar in boat and two travellers on foot opposite a man with fan and three travellers riding a donkey. Thin ivory insulators. Body perforated at spout. Two button knobs at sides fit onto an arched crabstock stand with circular frame attached inside its legs that holds a removable spirit burner with long-handled, hinged cap. Concave bottom of kettle is struck on underside with two marks, "TC" and a Chinese ideogram, both in rounded rectangles. No visible marks on stand or burner. Part of a four-piece service, DL*62.0334A-D.
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Object Name
stand, kettle
date made
place made
China: Shanghai, Shanghai
place owned; place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
ivory (insulators, burner handle material)
cotton (burner wick material)
overall: 10 5/8 in x 8 1/2 in x 7 in; 26.9875 cm x 21.59 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wallace Dunn, Jr., in memory of Lillian Lash and Arthur Wallace Dunn
Tea Drinking
China Trade
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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