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Teapot

A work made of sterling silver, ebony.

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  • A work made of sterling silver, ebony.

Date:

1960

Artist:

William N. Frederick
American, 1921–2012
Chicago

About this artwork

After studying metalwork at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, silversmith William Frederick spent decades producing beautiful and functional objects for clients in Chicago. This teapot exhibits a sleek, undecorated surface and organic curves, an aesthetic popular in midcentury silver due to the influence of Scandinavian designers. The cantilevered finial recalls Frederick’s background in engineering, while the harmonious sweep of the body and spout provides a dynamic appearance. The lack of hammer marks is atypical for Frederick’s work, however, as he often marked his pieces with explicit evidence of the maker’s hand.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

William Frederick

Title

Teapot

Place

Chicago (Object made in)

Date

1960

Medium

Sterling silver, ebony

Inscriptions

Marked on bottom: HANDWROUGHT STERLING FREDERICK

Dimensions

19.7 × 23.5 cm (7 3/4 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Mrs. Myron F. Ratcliffe Fund in memory of Myron F. Ratcliffe

Reference Number

1991.108a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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