A very fine early George II Rococo tea kettle and stand with burner made by the important Huguenot silversmith, Peter Archambo.
The kettle exhibits superb cast work and excellent hand chasing with floral and marine motifs.
The use of human masks and cherubs is a particularly outstanding feature and typical of some of the finest silver of the mid to late 1730s.
The silver handle is bound with wicker to absorb the heat and the handle can swing both left and right. The original finial of the lid is bone, which also stops heat transference.
The contemporary family coat of arms on one side of the kettle pertains to the Gordon family of Scotland. The crest of a bow and arrow being pulled on the lid of the burner is also a Gordon crest. This particular crest apparently harks back to 1199 when Bertrand de Goudon – the progenitor of the family – was the archer who shot and killed King Richard Lionheart at Chaluz in France.
The kettle and stand with burner is in excellent condition and comes with an excellent provenance. We purchased this kettle along with two later items: a meat dish made in 1805 and a set of 12 dinner plates made in 1808, both belonging to the British Prime Minister, George Hamilton Gordon (The Earl of Aberdeen) who was Prime Minister during the Crimean War from 1852 – 1855 and resided at Haddo House Aberdeenshire.
Dimensions: height (to handle when upright) 37 cm, width (spout to end) 24.25 cm; weight 64.5 troy oz.