Wrought silver and ivory
Overall: 8 x 12 x 6 3/8 in. ( 20.3 x 30.5 x 16.2 cm )
Silver Weight: 32 oz (troy) 9 dwt (1009 g)
Wrought silver and ivory teapot; oval, boat-shaped body with bulbous gadrooning around the lower body, set on four hollow, cast and chased bird claw and ball feet with chased feathers over the joints; flared to an applied, die-rolled band of foliate scroll garlands; band below a convex shoulder with an applied, vertical die-rolled egg and dart band; hinged, arched lid with a raised dome rectangular dome covered in repoussé chased acanthus leaves and surmounted by a cast cauliflower finial; high, curved bird's head spouts with a notched lip; scrolled, cast and chased silver handle; scrolled, acanthus design handle sockets fitted with ivory insulators; engraved on the front center, "Presented to Captain William Bowne by/ the Passengers in the Ship Courier from/ Liverpool to New York in June 1819/ as a Small testimony of thier grateful/ rememberance of his assiduous attention/ to their Comfort & Safety during/ the passage.;" maker's mark on the base.
Gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch
Inscription: engraved on the front center: "Presented to Captain William Bowne by/ the Passengers in the Ship Courier from/ Liverpool to New York in June 1819/ as a Small testimony of thier grateful/ rememberance of his assiduous attention/ to their Comfort & Safty during/ the passage."
Mark: stamped on the base: "W Thomson" in a rectangle in script; scratched above the mark is presumed pattern or serial number "A1300"
Capt. William Bowne (1784-1847); descent unknown; collection of George C. Gebelein (1878-1945); purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, January 3, 1957, lot 28, by Carl Otto von Kienbusch (1884-1976), the donor.
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