Teapot

ARTIST / MAKER: Arthur & Bond (manufacturer)
DATE: 1880 (made)
PLACE: Japan (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, carved wood insulators
COLLECTION NUMBER: 131

Arthur & Bond was an English firm based in Yokohama, Japan, that manufactured and retailed silver. Their most famous piece was the Liscum Bowl, a giant punch bowl made in 1902 from bullion rescued from the Boxer Rebellion by the US army and presented to the 9th Infantry Regiment by order of the Chinese statesman Li Hung Chang. The company employed local Japanese silversmiths, and pieces such as this teapot were produced for English expatriates and foreign travellers. The firm made many teawares with this pattern of irises combined with a hammered surface.