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Teapot
  • Teapot
    Powell, John Hardman, born 1827 - died 1895
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Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1861-1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Powell, John Hardman, born 1827 - died 1895 (designer)
    John Hardman & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised and chased, hinged lid, ivory protective strips

  • Museum number:

    8119-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 12

Physical description

In Gothic style.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1861-1862 (made)

Artist/maker

Powell, John Hardman, born 1827 - died 1895 (designer)
John Hardman & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised and chased, hinged lid, ivory protective strips

Marks and inscriptions

On base: Maker JH&Co (John Hardman and Co; designed by John Hardman Jun), duty, sterling, anchor (B'ham), date 'M'; Lid: sterling, date; Exhibited at the International Exhibition, 1862

Lion finial holding blank shield (crest?)

Dimensions

Height: 19.25 cm, Length: 28.25 cm, Width: 17.00 cm

Object history note

John Hardman and Co. exhibited both ecclesiastic and domestic metalwork in the Gothic style at the International Exhibition, 1862. Tea sets were common on the silver stands at the exhibitions, and were often used for experiments with new styles. Contemporary illustrations reveal that items as humble as pepper pots, eggcups and toast racks were offered by several manufacturers in the medieval style. This is a particularly successful example of domestic Gothic, which can be attributed to the training of the designer. John Hardman Powell was the only pupil of the architect and designer A.W.N. Pugin, and later became Pugin's son-in-law. William Burges, who organised the medieval display at the 1862 exhibition had this to say about Powell: 'At present, the silversmiths, with the exception of Hardman, keep clear of the figure, and the simple reason why Hardman is the exception is that there is an artist, Mr. John Powell, at the head of the establishment'.

Descriptive line

Silver teapot made by John Hardman and Co, Birmingham, 1862.

Production Note

Bought from the International Exhibition of 1862

Materials

Silver

Categories

Access to Images; Images Online

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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