Teapot thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries


1861-1862 (made)
Place of origin

In Gothic style.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Silver, raised and chased, hinged lid, ivory protective strips
Brief description
Silver teapot made by John Hardman and Co, Birmingham, 1862.
Physical description
In Gothic style.
  • Height: 19.25cm
  • Length: 28.25cm
  • Width: 17.00cm
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?)
Object history
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'.
Bought from the International Exhibition of 1862
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Record createdNovember 4, 2002
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