As imports of tea into Europe from China rapidly increased in the 18th century, silversmiths began to make silver teapots which quickly rivalled porcelain examples as symbols of luxury. They also had functional advantages such as high thermal conductivity of the precious metal as well as durability.

Silver teapots from the Georgian and Victorian period vary greatly in form and style with differences to the shape, lid, spout, handle and decoration all incorporated by different makers, who can often be identified by the presence of marks on the base.


Spoon by the famous Haslewood silversmithing family comes to sale as a rare Norwich survivor

15 July 2024

A rare example of Norfolk Charles I silver – a seal-top spoon made by the patriarch of the famous Haslewood silversmithing dynasty – sold for £3600 at a recent sale of Silver and Objects of Vertu at Chiswick Auctions (26% buyer’s premium) in London.


Teapot serves to show Thai silver skills

08 July 2024

A fine example of Thai silversmithing sold well above its estimate for €17,000 (£14,400) at Historia Auctionata (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Berlin on June 19. The 9in (23cm) parcel gilt and niello pumpkin-form tea kettle probably dated from the 1870s.


New scholarship pays off for teapots

20 November 2023

Chiswick Auctions’ most successful silver sale to date on October 11 included a George II teapot of American colonial interest.


Silver pineapple serves a different role

09 January 2023

A late 19th century novelty silver teapot offered at Halls (22% buyer’s premium) was made by US silversmith Gorham of Rhode Island.


York teapot served up in Harrogate

06 June 2022

Highland Antiques brings a 19th century silver teapot from York to the second Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair of the year.


Exceptional examples of Victorian metalwork come to the fore at David Lay

17 January 2022

Christopher Dresser created a number of daring geometric designs for silver and silver-plated toast racks in the late 1870s and early 1880s, both for Hukin & Heath and for James Dixon & Son.


Talk of the London taverns as silver wares get snapped by dealers

15 March 2021

A recent sale at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Maidenhead included two George IV tablewares by Edward Farrell chased and embossed with tavern scenes in the manner of Dutch genre painting.


Silver teapot with provenance to the Wedgwoods and Darwins sold at Cumbria auction

22 February 2021

This silver teapot has London hallmarks for 1792 and a maker’s mark for silversmith Michael Plummer who worked out of Gutter Lane, London, from 1791-95.

Georgian silver teapot

Georgian silver teapot with Wedgwood connection stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

12 February 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Georgian silver teapot with connections to the Wedgwood and Darwin families that sold four-times over estimate in Cumbria.


British descendant donates silver teapot to Colonial Williamsburg museum

19 September 2018

A silver teapot that belonged to the last colonial governor of Virginia has been donated by a British descendant to the Colonial Williamsburg collection.


Treasure islands – Channel Islands silver on home turf

27 November 2017

The sale of a comprehensive collection of Channel Islands silver in Guernsey provides a perfect opportunity to test the market temperature...

silver gilt teaset at sworders

Echoes of William Beckford as silver-gilt teaset triples estimate at Stansted sale

05 July 2016

Among the works sold over estimate at today’s silver and jewellery auction at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was a rare silver-gilt three-piece teaset that tripled expectations when it was knocked down at £4100.


Rare bird fails to fly in Toronto

26 January 2005

It would be amiss not to record the fortunes of the rare George II provincial silver tea kettle that, as reported in ATG no.1663, dated November 6 had been consigned for sale at Toronto fine art auctioneers Waddingtons (15% buyer’s premium) on December 6.


Rare English bird spotted in Toronto

03 November 2004

A RARE bird from the English provinces has been spotted in Canada.


Dresser Exhibition at V&A

06 July 2004

THE work of the pioneering Victorian designer Christopher Dresser is soon to have a major public airing in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum opening this September. In the meantime the rarest examples of his iconic designs continue to command high prices in the marketplace.