Gorham No. 791 "Hibiscus" Sterling Tea Pot
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A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.
Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T. oz. and has a capacity of 1 1/2 pints as stamped on the underside.
It has a rimmed base, a stubby spout, and a lid with a sleeve fitting.
The defining element of the design, and the detail from which the piece takes its name, is the three-dimensional, cast and applied, hibiscus blossom set on the center top of the lid. This is intricately detailed and appears to have a hand-hammered finish.
It is in mint condition. It is free of any dents, scratches, or marring. The wooden handle fits snugly and is without splits, chips, or discoloration. This has been professionally polished, resulting in a bright, even, mirror-like surface.
Marks are "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," "791," a date symbol for 1942, "1 1/2 Pint," and a small "18." The "18" repeats on the lip of the lid, which is also stamped "Sterling."