Teapot with lid

Chinese
1790–1800


Object Place: China for American Market

Dimensions

13.33 x 22.86 x 12.06 cm (5 1/4 x 9 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1983.359a-b

Medium or Technique

Porcelain, hard-paste

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Asia

Classifications

Porcelain

This is a thrown pot with a circular body, straight-tapered spout, and drawn, criss-crossed handle applied to body with floral springs. There is a disc-like cover with an applied fruit or floral finial with leafage, which is not original to the pot. The pot is glazed opaque with a narrow gillouche band around the base and a trailing band on the shoulder with floral sprigs. On each side of the pot is a sheild with the Sargent arms (3 dolphins) and an eagle crest; the shield is surrounded with floral garlands and has a banner underneath with a Latin motto.

Inscription

NEC QUAERER HONOREM NEC SPERNERE in banner

Provenance

Probably originally owned by Winthrop Sargent; descended in the Sargent family of Boston; may have descended through Henry Sargent to Winthrop Henry Sargent of Boston; to MFA, 1983, gift from Miss Aimee Lamb of Boston. (Accession date: Sept 14, 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée Lamb