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Teapot

Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1802-1803 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peter, Ann and William Bateman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with ebony handle and green ivory knob; sheet metal seamed at back, shaped and raised with hammer, and bright cut engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry Louis Florence

  • Museum number:

    M.217-1917

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hester Bateman was a successful woman silversmith. She learnt her trade from her husband and set up in her own right on his death in 1760. It is likely that she managed the workshop rather than made the silver herself. The firm produced cheaper, thin gauge domestic tablewares using a limited range of ornament for largely middle class customers. Members of her family, such as her daughter-in-law Ann and her son Peter, joined the business and continued it after her retirement in 1790. Insurance documents for 1802 show that the firm, with its own steam operated flatting mill, was one of the most technologically advanced in London. Bateman silver was exported to retailers and customers all over England and North America.

Physical description

Silver, with ebony handle and green stained, ivory knob. The body, oval with bulging sides, decorated with repoussé bands and narrow bright cut, engraved borders.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1802-1803 (made)

Artist/maker

Peter, Ann and William Bateman (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with ebony handle and green ivory knob; sheet metal seamed at back, shaped and raised with hammer, and bright cut engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Peter, Ann and William Bateman.

London hallmarks for 1802-3

Sterling mark (lion passant)
On the lid

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm, Length: 28.75 cm, Width: 12 cm, Weight: 513.70 g

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 18 / 38
Bequest - Henry Louis Florence
9 Princes's Gate

Descriptive line

Silver, ebony handle, ivory knop, London hallmarks for 1802-3, mark of Peter, Ann and William Bateman.

Materials

Silver; Ebony; Ivory

Techniques

Raising; Repoussé; Bright cutting; Carving; Staining

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Silver

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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