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.


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.