1964.1511.001 A, B Teapot, view 1
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  • Creator (Role):

    Jesse Shenton Zane (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Silver; Wood

  • Techniques:

    Wrought, Engraved

  • Museum Object Number:

    1964.1511.001 A, B

  • Complete Details

Object Number

1964.1511.001 A, B

Object Name




Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Jesse Shenton Zane (Maker)
As per Fennimore, Delaware Silver, p. 329: Jesse Shenton Zane was the son of a Quaker hardware merchant.

Place of Origin

Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Base, footrim, exterior; "ZANE" in rounded rectangle, stamped
2. Inscription; Side, right of handle; "ARG" in foliated script, engraved




Silver; Wood


Wrought, Engraved

Dimensions (inches)

11.1 (H) , 11.9 (W) , 30.53 (Weight)

Dimensions (centimeters)

28.3 (H) , 30.2 (W) , 865.5 (Weight)

Measurement Notes

Weight includes handle

Object Description

Web - 04/09/2020

These four elements for a neoclassical or Federal style tea set express the taste for classical urns and vases from the tiny finials on the teapot and sugar bowl to the inverted "helmet" shape cream pitcher. Silversmiths of this era redesigned familiar vessels for tea and coffee into new shapes using rigorous geometry and proportions borrowed from classical antiquity. The fashion for vases and urns was captured elegantly by Quaker silversmith Jesse Zane for a patron who's name is yet to be discovered. The engraved initials on the tea set are overly large and were created carefully by first setting in dots or gouges to outline the letters. Some of the engraving detail has been lost with years of polishing, but traces of this process remain, adding texture to the initials.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Quimby, Ian M. G. 1995 American Silver at Winterthur.
Published: pp. 481-482, no. 517 a-d (Object number inverted "1964.1151")
[Book] Fennimore, Donald L. & Bartlett, Louisa D. 2008 Delaware Silver the Col. Kenneth P. & Regina I. Brown Collection. 355 p.
Biographical information. pp. 329, 348.
[Book] Hindes, Ruthanna. 1967 Delaware Silversmiths 1700-1850.
Published: p. 305 and plate