The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares

The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares
Although Paul de Lamerie’s early designs were executed in French classical style, he is noted for his later inventive, imaginative, and spectacular silver wares, often designed in the richly decorated rococo style, such as this silver kettle and stand made in London in 1751.
Dutchman Adam Loofs, court goldsmith to William III, King of England and Stadtholder of the Netherlands, made this silver-gilt teapot in 1701. The cartouche on the front of the pot was originally plain, and the initials, probably those of Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, were added circa 1820.

Such pots were used for coffee and chocolate, and no doubt Lord Berkeley decided it was also a suitable shape for the teapot he wished to offer to the committee of the East India Company. But 17th-century silversmiths gradually developed designs that were based on the small round shape of Chinese teapots, and fashioned kettles as slightly larger versions of the same. It goes without saying that those who could afford to drink tea at this time in Europe, America, and England could also afford silver pots. Although porcelain delighted tea lovers with its translucency and charming Oriental designs, silver added an element of ceremony and elegance to the tea-drinking ritual. Soon, gold- and silversmiths were making a range of items required as part of the tea equipage.

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