Tea Canister

English (London)
1790–91
Marked by Henry Chawner (1764–1851)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.); W. 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.); Diameter 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.) Weight: 357.2 gm (11oz 10 dwt)

Accession Number

33.194

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The oval fluted canister has straight sides and a hinged, domed cover. It is formed from seamed sheet, with an inset base. The upper and lower borders are chased and engraved with a pattern of medallions and stylized foliage, and the center and back panels of the body are filled with a cartouche.

Inscription

ARMORIALS:engraved on side, an unidentified coat of arms, crest and motto (sable on a bend between two cotises, three lions passant; crest; an eagle displayed; motto: Spectemur Agendo)
INSCRIPTIONS: scratched on underside, 12-3.

Markings

On underside, maker's mark HC (Grimwade 972); lion passant (repeated on inside of cover); sovereign's head; leopard's head crowned; date letter p

Provenance

Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933).

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)