Tea or tobacco caddy

about 1897
George Prentiss Kendrick (American, 1850–1919)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1997.177a-b

Medium or Technique

Spun copper with tin or silver lining, repoussed and chased

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork

Small spun, hand-hammered vessel having straight sides that extend outward before curving inward at shoulder. Short neck on vessel receives detachable, friction-fitted cover. Body of vessel bears three bands of repousse decoration. The lowest and largest section consists of broad vertical reeds; a chased guilloche pattern forms narrow mid-section; upper register reprises lower lower section, but with alternating reeded and fluted bands. Lid has a series of flutes that radiate from center whorl. Base of vessel is lightly scribed with lines that radiate from center, probbly as an aid to creating reeds.

Markings

Marked "G.P. K." incuse on base with assorted numbers and letters on base, including "#8" and "K"/

Provenance

Purchased by the seller from ARK Antiques, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1986, who reportedly acquired it through a source in Marblehead, Massachusetts; purchased by the Museum in 1997.

Credit Line

Gift of The Seminarians