George II Antique Silver Teapot
Maker: Thomas Farren
A rare antique sterling silver teapot of octagonal, spherical form. A very early teapot. The panelled shape is extremely unusual....
A rare antique sterling silver teapot of octagonal, spherical form. A very early teapot. The panelled shape is extremely unusual. Charming small size and hand engraved to the top with a fine quality decoration. Excellent colour and weight.
Contains 470 ml.
Weight 512 grams, 16.4 troy ounces.
Height 10.9cm (to top of handle). Spread 22cm.
Maker Thomas Farren, a highly desirable maker.
The bullet shaped teapot is probably one of the best known types of the George II period and the lid of this one has a cleverly concealed flush hinge which is difficult to distinguish as the engraver has continued the decoration over this area.
Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The lid is stamped underneath with the lion and makers marks.
Literature: Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Although there are a few 17th century teapots in existence, there is little likelihood of finding one dating before 1710. The earlier the teapot the smaller they tend to be as tea was a very expensive commodity until the middle of the reign of George I.
In very good condition. The handle is tight. The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak.
Maker: Thomas Farren
Thomas Farren, apprenticed to John Denny 1695, free 1707. First mark as largeworker 1707. Second (sterling) mark 1720. Third mark 1739. Died circa 1743, the date of entry of Ann Farren’s mark. Subordinate goldsmith to the King 1723-42. Described by Arthur Grimwade “his work at best is of fine quality and shows some influence of Huguenot work.” His most important pieces are probably the fountain and cistern of 1728 at Burghley. His best known apprentice was Thomas Whipham.
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