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Hot water jug
  • Hot water jug
    Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851
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Hot water jug

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1804-1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, cast and chased, with ivory handle

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by V. Morley Lawson

  • Museum number:

    M.47:1 to 4-1993

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case 7 []

Object Type
As tea was served in the drawing room, often distant from the kitchen, jugs were used to carry and keep water hot until required to refresh the teapot. An oil burner in the stand could be lit to keep the water hot.

Design & Designing
The design of this hot water jug was very popular. From about 1800-1815, the model was made with slight variations of ornament. These variations may have reflected customers' taste or their ability to pay for more costly decorative additions. A drawing in the V&A attributed to Jean-Jacques Boileau (active 1787-1851) shows a more elaborate version of the hot water jug design.

The jug's design has been attributed to the French artist and designer J.J. Boileau. Boileau came to Britain around 1787 as a painter in order to work with the architect Henry Holland (1745-1806) on the decoration of Carlton House, London, for the Prince of Wales. In time he became a well-known designer for Rundell, Bridge & Rundells and other companies and clients. Rundell's supported a large design studio, with high-calibre artists such as John Flaxman (1755-1826). This enabled it to remain at the forefront of fashion for many years.

Ownership & Use
This hot water jug was part of a tea and coffee service ordered by William Henry Vane, 3rd Earl of Darlington (1766-1842) from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the Royal Goldsmiths. Serving hot drinks elegantly, from expensive and highly fashionable silver or porcelain vessels, was still an important part of entertaining at home at the beginning of the 19th century.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1804-1805 (made)


Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, cast and chased, with ivory handle

Marks and inscriptions

Marked on the base with hallmarks, sponsor's mark of Paul Storr and scratchmark of 'Rundell Bridge and Rundell'; on the stand with hallmarks and sponsor's mark for Benjamin Smith and Digby Scott; on the base of burner hallmarks and the sponsor's mark for Benjamin Smith and Digby Scott


Height: 21.5 cm, Width: 16.25 cm, Length: 17.25 cm

Object history note

Design attributed to J.J. Boileau (active in England 1787-1851)
Made in London for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell; the jug by Paul Storr (born in London, 1771, died there in 1844); the stand and burner by Benjamin Smith II and Digby Scott (in partnership from around 1802-1807)

Descriptive line

HOT WATER JUG from a tea and coffee service

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The influence of the French Empire style on Regency Classicism is evident in this hot water jug. The outline is elegantly plain but the carefully placed bands of ornament and the finely cast and chased lions' heads and serpents give it a handsome appearance. [27/03/2003]


Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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