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Assembled Tea Service

Paul Storr

English, 1771–1844

Assembled Tea Service

1806/7

The sturdy, rounded shapes of the four vessels in this tea service—including a teapot, hot water jug, sugar bowl, and cream jug—were probably inspired by the forms of ancient Roman oil lamps. English silversmith Storr decorated several of the handles with acanthus leaves, a motif also adopted from classical antiquity. The service sits on an oblong tray made by William Bennett, inscribed with the Latin motto facta non verba, meaning “deeds, not words.”

Medium Silver and wood
Object Number 1982.99
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Bertrand L. Kohlmann in memory of her husband, son of Hugo Kohlmann, Institute trustee, 1950–65, and president, 1960–65, 1982
Status On View

Image Caption

Paul Storr, Assembled Tea Service, 1806/7, Silver and wood. Gift of Mrs. Bertrand L. Kohlmann in memory of her husband, son of Hugo Kohlmann, Institute trustee, 1950–65, and president, 1960–65, 1982. The Clark Art Institute, 1982.99.

Provenance

A. E. W. Darby (teapot); with Crichton Brothers, London; sold to Robert Sterling Clark, 6 December 1946; presented to Hugo Kohlmann; by descent to Bertrand L. Kohlmann; presented to Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute by Mrs. Bertrand L. Kohlmann in memory of her husband, 19 November 1982.

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