Nov 9, 2023 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts

 
Lot 604
 

604

New York Colonial Silver Teapot
Daniel Christian Fueter, New York, circa 1762

Inverted pear form, the leaf-capped spout with shell fluting, molded pedestal foot, the domed cover with bud finial, each side engraved "MFN" within a rococo cartouche, the base also engraved "1762, N*W", marked on base. Approximately 19 ounces, all in.

Height 7 inches.

This previously unrecorded teapot joins a select group of silver produced by Swiss-born silversmith Daniel Christian Fueter (1720-1785) who worked in the latest fashions in New York. Examples of Fueter’s work in the rococo style in public collections include a coffee pot in the Brooklyn Museum, a cake basket in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a pair of salvers in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a gold whistle, coral and bells in the Yale University Art Gallery.

The teapot has descended within a family that traces its roots to Albert Albertszen Terhune (c. 1623-1685).Terhune was a Huguenot ribbon weaver from Holland who settled in Gravesend in Kings County (now part of Brooklyn). Later generations settled through Long Island, New Amsterdam and New Jersey. John Albert Terhune (1709-1786) moved from Gravesend to Middlesex County, New Jersey. A family farm was established near Princeton. Notable descendants include Judge or Squire John Stafford Terhune (1793-1886). His son, William Letson Terhune (1815-1907), married Margaret Scott Little (1825-1906). Portraits of Margaret Little’s parents by Micah Williams were donated by the family to the Monmouth County Historical Society. Both the portraits and the Fueter teapot share the same line of descent.


 

Inverted pear form, the leaf-capped spout with shell fluting, molded pedestal foot, the domed cover with bud finial, each side engraved "MFN" within a rococo cartouche, the base also engraved "1762, N*W", marked on base. Approximately 19 ounces, all in.

Height 7 inches.

Notes:

This previously unrecorded teapot joins a select group of silver produced by Swiss-born silversmith Daniel Christian Fueter (1720-1785) who worked in the latest fashions in New York. Examples of Fueter’s work in the rococo style in public collections include a coffee pot in the Brooklyn Museum, a cake basket in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a pair of salvers in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a gold whistle, coral and bells in the Yale University Art Gallery.

The teapot has descended within a family that traces its roots to Albert Albertszen Terhune (c. 1623-1685).Terhune was a Huguenot ribbon weaver from Holland who settled in Gravesend in Kings County (now part of Brooklyn). Later generations settled through Long Island, New Amsterdam and New Jersey. John Albert Terhune (1709-1786) moved from Gravesend to Middlesex County, New Jersey. A family farm was established near Princeton. Notable descendants include Judge or Squire John Stafford Terhune (1793-1886). His son, William Letson Terhune (1815-1907), married Margaret Scott Little (1825-1906). Portraits of Margaret Little’s parents by Micah Williams were donated by the family to the Monmouth County Historical Society. Both the portraits and the Fueter teapot share the same line of descent.

Good condition and quality; fine patina, hammer marks still extant; engraved monogram remains sharp; marks clear; there is a light repair inside hinge on cover.

Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact and our Organization shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. Please contact the specialist department to request further information or additional images that may be available.

Auction: American Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts, Nov 9, 2023

  • Americana Auctions on November 8-9, 2023 Surpass $1.1 Million
  • Competitive Bidding Drove Exceptional Prices for American Silver
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for Complimentary Auction Estimates


NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of American Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts on November 9, 2023 showcasing American furniture and decorative arts spanning the Queen Anne and Chippendale through Federal and Classical styles. Offerings included silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese export porcelain and rugs.

The auction of American Paintings & Prints on November 8 saw strong results for works by Joseph Christian Leyendecker and Grandma Moses. Read More

Competitive bidding drove exceptional prices for American silver, highlighted by a circa 1795 silver cup by Boston silversmith Paul Revere Jr., which achieved $28,350, many times its $5,000-8,000 estimate. Measuring 2 3/4 inches in height, the cup was engraved BH to BHG, for Benjamin Henderson to Benjamin Henderson Greene. Benjamin Henderson was the brother of Mary Henderson, who in 1795 married Francis Greene (1750-1831). He was a known client of Paul Revere, and his name appears in Revere's daybooks for several silver orders and repairs from 1788-92.

An elaborately decorated sterling silver water pitcher from 1870-1875 by Tiffany & Co. far surpassed its estimate of $5,000-8,000, realizing $20,160. The pitcher descended in the family of Cornelia A. Talman Barculo Atwill (1812-1901). A noted art collector, Cornelia Barculo Atwill purchased the acclaimed the centerpiece of Tiffany & Co.'s display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago -- the acclaimed Magnolia Vase. It was among numerous works of art that she later anonymously bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including sculpture and Favrile glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Decorative art offerings featured a painted and carved wood cigar store Native American figure, possibly New York, that tripled its $8,000-12,000 estimate, realizing $31,500. Also attracting the attention of bidders was a group of mid-19th century painted papier-maché cigar cases that sold for $4,725, ten times their $400-600 estimate. Probably made in England, the group featured two rare examples created for the American market, depicting Henry Clay and General Taylor.

 

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