Hot Water Jug

1785-1790 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Hot-water jugs were an essential feature for the making and serving of tea. Since tea for much of the 18th century was relatively expensive, the hostess refreshed the existing brew with hot water rather than brewing fresh leaves for each pot. It appears that by the latter part of the 18th century, a tea service was frequently purchased piecemeal.

Design & Designing
Faceted vessels, such as this hot-water pot, were popular on account of their classical associations despite the fact that the ridges, of those made in Sheffield plate, were particularly prone to wear, allowing the copper core to become exposed. The popularisation of the Neo-classical style through the proliferation of designs for Sheffield plate led to its steady decline.The limited ability of Sheffield platers to transfer silversmithing techniques such as casting and engraving to Sheffield plate also precipitated change. As engraving directly on to the surface of a plated vessel ran the risk of exposing the underlying copper, chasing and machine stamping became increasingly common.

Materials & Making
Sheffield plate was discovered in about 1742 by Thomas Boulsover (1704-1788), a Sheffield cutler. The introduction of Sheffield plate revolutionised the plating industry, for it offered an effective, relatively cheap, supremely versatile and durable plating technique which could convincingly imitate the surface appearance of solid silver.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Sheffield plate (copper plated with silver)
Dimensions
  • Height: 30.73cm
  • Width: 15.75cm
Gallery Label
British Galleries: Under the influence of Neo-classicism, chocolate and coffee pots were often based on ancient Greek forms such as the 'oenoche' or wine jug. From the 1780s, facetted bodies like this one became fashionable, increasing the reflectiveness of the silver and matching the glitter of its 'bright-cut' engraving.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Wolseley Bequest
Object history
Made in Sheffield
Summary
Object Type
Hot-water jugs were an essential feature for the making and serving of tea. Since tea for much of the 18th century was relatively expensive, the hostess refreshed the existing brew with hot water rather than brewing fresh leaves for each pot. It appears that by the latter part of the 18th century, a tea service was frequently purchased piecemeal.

Design & Designing
Faceted vessels, such as this hot-water pot, were popular on account of their classical associations despite the fact that the ridges, of those made in Sheffield plate, were particularly prone to wear, allowing the copper core to become exposed. The popularisation of the Neo-classical style through the proliferation of designs for Sheffield plate led to its steady decline.The limited ability of Sheffield platers to transfer silversmithing techniques such as casting and engraving to Sheffield plate also precipitated change. As engraving directly on to the surface of a plated vessel ran the risk of exposing the underlying copper, chasing and machine stamping became increasingly common.

Materials & Making
Sheffield plate was discovered in about 1742 by Thomas Boulsover (1704-1788), a Sheffield cutler. The introduction of Sheffield plate revolutionised the plating industry, for it offered an effective, relatively cheap, supremely versatile and durable plating technique which could convincingly imitate the surface appearance of solid silver.
Collection
Accession Number
M.207-1920

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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