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Chinoiserie and floral repousse chased, raised globular teapot on a double-domed, circular pedestal foot with flared, hinged lid having a downturned, scalloped edge and an Oriental man seated cross-legged with his left hand on left knee and right arm against body for finial. Continuous landscape design around body depicts on one side two men, one wearing a hat and the other standing behind the latticework fence of a pagoda complex, conversing at river's edge with additional pavilions amidst pine and coconut trees at left and on opposite shore and a flower-filled garden urn and sampan at right; opposite side has large pine and coconut trees bending over a bridge to form empty reserve at center. High-loop, C-curve handle composed of overlapping leaves is pinned into ivory insulators with bases of flared leaves. Short S-curve spout covered with acanthus and overlapping ruffled shells; body perforated at spout.
Rounded underside is struck above and below centerpunch "BAILEY & CO." and "PHIL[AD.]" in raised roman letters in rectangles, with "15398" scratched between marks and "#135" scratched upside-down further below.
Part of six-piece coffee and tea service, DL*276317.0001-.0006.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Tea Service, Six Piece
date made
ca 1853
ca 1853 - 1857
maker; retailer
Bailey and Company
place made; place retailed
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place owned
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: Maryland, Chevy Chase
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
ivory (insulators material)
overall: 8 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in x 6 3/8 in; 22.225 cm x 26.035 cm x 16.1925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Bequest of Marion Leigh Wells
Coffee Drinking
Food Culture
Tea Drinking
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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