Kettle and Stand
Marked by Ambrose Stevenson (free 1701)
Object Place: Europe, London, England
Height: 36.3 cm (14 5/16 in.), weight: 25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.), diameter: 8 1/4 in., weight: 2,894.2 gm (91 oz 12 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The pear-shaped faceted body rests on an open three-legged stand. The lower section of the body is raised, and the faceted neck is cast in two sections, joined vertically. The foot of the kettle is formed by a strip of sheet. The domed, stepped cover is cast in one piece and surmounted by a wooden finial. The curved, faceted spout is cast in two pieces. The handle, joined to the body with heavy hinges, has a wooden baluster section between two curved, faceted silver segments. A lamp, with a molded, faceted rim, is suspended between the three legs. The legs, hollow-cast in section and seamed vertically, are of faceted baluster shape surmounted by scrolls, on top of which rests the faceted rim. The kettle fastens with a hinge in front and a peg in back, secured with removable pins.
ARMORIALS: engraved on each side the coat of arms, crest and motto of Grove impaling O'Grady, for Sir Thomas-Fraser Grove(1823-1897) and Katherine-Grace O'Grady (d.1879) whom he married in 1847.
INSCRIPTIONS: iscratched on underside of kettle: "Geo I/1717/A Stevenson/9102_10/R(?)W 2 44)/ 1HTuTu".
On underside of kettle and of stand, maker's mark St (Grimwade 2638); Britannia (repeated on handle); lion's head erased (repeated on handle); date letter B. On kettle handle, to right of hinge, on underside, on rim of stand, on leg of stand, and on bezel of lamp cover, French import mark used from 1 July 1893
June 18, 1902, sold at Christie's, London, lot 29, and bought by S.J. Phillips, London. By 1913, with J.H. Fitzhenry, ESQ.; November 17, 1913, sold at Christie's, London, lot 59, and bought by Crichton Brothers, London. 1933, Anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)
Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)