George II Antique Silver Teapot

GBP 3,750.00

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Object Description

A charming little bullet shaped teapot of plain simple form with a shaped panelled spout and wooden handle. Elegant small size. The bullet shaped teapot is typical of the George II period and this Swiss example shares all the quality characteristics including an inset hinge and cast silver foot. The lid is finely hand engraved with fruit, flowers and foliate scrolls.

Contains 460ml.
Total weight 368 grams, 11.8 troy ounces.
Height 12.2cm. Spread 19cm.
Lausanne, Switzerland. Circa 1750.
Maker Pierre de Moliere.

Marks. Stamped underneath with Swiss silver marks for Lausanne with fineness 11 deniers (91.6% pure), and maker’s mark “PDM”.

Maker: Pierre de Moliere

Pierre de Moliere (1710-1785), Swiss silversmith, working in Lausanne. A maker of good quality teapots, caddies, casters and candlesticks.

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Object 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.

Object Condition

This rare little silver teapot is in very good condition. The handle is firm. The pot has been water tested, it doesn’t leak, and pours beautifully. Moderate signs of wear commensurate with age as would be expected.

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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