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Teapot with Stand, Made for Export, circa 1800

1790/1810

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

In the 1780s, American merchants began sailing directly to Canton -- the only Chinese port open to foreign trade. Craftsmen there offered well-wrought silver in popular Western forms. Sunshing, the silversmith who created this teapot - as well as the agent who purchased it - knew American buyers would consider the piece stylish and worth their money.

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