Antique Dutch Silver Miniature Teapot

GBP 1,250.00

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Object Description

A Dutch silver toy teapot of pear shaped form with swing handle and detachable lid. Very good condition. Excellent patina.

Weight 45 grams, 1.5 troy ounces.
Height 5.5cm (to top of handle), 4.4cm (to top of knob).
Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date mark “C” for 1737.
Maker Willem Van Strant.

Marks. Stamped underneath with Dutch silver marks for Amsterdam, date letter “C” for 1737. Maker’s mark “VS” (partially stamped) for Willem Van Strant.

Maker: Willem Van Strant

Willem Van Strant, Dutch silver maker. Active in Amsterdam 1727-1742. Specialist toy maker.

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Object Literature

Silver toys in the 16th and 17th century were made predominately for the children of kings and queens. The Dutch were the leading manufacturers, their most prolific period being 1725-1750, and by then wealthy royalty, landowners and business men were buying toys for their own pleasure as well as that of their children’s. During that period England was still suffering under Puritanism and it wasn’t until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 that silver toys were made available in this country. The earliest English silver toys date from 1665 and were made in London; it was uncommon for toys to be made in the provinces.

Object Condition

In very good condition. Excellent patina. Handle works well.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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