Dominick & Haff (attributed) Antique Sterling & Other Metals Kettle on Stand, New York City, c. 1880
Exceptionally designed and executed, this stunning teapot on stand is a mixed-metal tour de force from the aesthetic movement. The form itself is inspired by Japanese tea pots of the period. The flawless execution of the shapes alone required a talented master silversmith. The tall handle retains its original ivory insulators which blocks heat from being conducted from the lower sections of the handle. Applied to the handle are a brass bee, a copper flower and a copper salamander.
The removable cover has a domed button finial. It is decorated with a brass salamander and branches with leaves; one made of brass and other of copper.
A brass butterfly, a brass branch with berries and a copper salamander are applied to the lovely, tapered spout which has a pierced interior strainer.
The body is adorned with six wonderful appliques. Two copper plants hang down from the top edge. Rising from the plain, ring base are a copper plant with leaves and flowers and a large brass plant with leaves. Also applied is a brass phoenix bird in flight.
The most intricate applique is the large copper butterfly near the spout. Within the wings are finely inlaid pieces of silver and brass.
The honeycomb-patterned, spot-hammered surface sparkles to create a beautiful background for the applied mixed metal ornaments.
These various exotic plants and animals executed in either brass or copper and randomly applied to the hammered surface create a stunning effect. They are all hand-finished for detail.
The base is also quite striking with its sparkling surface and flat splayed legs. As with the rest, the base is ornamented with various foliage and insects made from copper and brass.
This stunning pot is marked 'STERLING' underneath. It is engraved 'E.H.G./ from/ W.G/ and/ M.E.G.'. Our attribution is based on other Dominick & Haff pieces we've had including a nearly identical coffee service on tray with identical mixed metal appliques seen here.
This rare kettle on stand measures 7 inches wide by 8 inches tall, weighs 19.90 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.