Teapot

Teapot , 1708 - 1727

George Robertson

Silversmith:George Robertson
Aberdeen, Scotland, active 1710 - 1727

silver

In the 18th century tea drinking became an increasingly important social custom in Scotland, some 50 years after Samuel Pepys tasted his first cup in 1660. The teapot took pride of place, and the Scottish silversmiths rose to the occasion with some spectacular examples of craftsmanship.

This teapot illustrates the Scottish "bullet style" - a round, almost spherical shape in marked contrast to the English pear shaped pots. Spouts are generally straight on Edinburgh teapots, but Aberdeen ones are much more decorative, possibly indicating a local style or preference.


Purchased in 1973 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
Out of copyright
Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 13.2 cm Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 13.2 cm Handle To Spout: 26cm z Base: 8.6cm
Acc. No. ABDAG001006

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