The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares

The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares
This Russian silver-gilt tea set was fashioned by Maria Semenova between 1893 and 1895. Semenova was one of the few women who owned a silversmithing and enameling workshop in Russia at the end of the 19th century. This set, which comprises teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl with lid, tray, lemon fork, and various spoons, is decorated with views of cathedrals surrounded by scrolling flower and leaf motifs.
This Russian blue enamel and silver teapot was made in 1894 by Ivan Saltykov.

Paul Storr, whose tea wares epitomized the essence of neoclassicism, became England’s most famous silversmith of the early 19th century. After training with the Swedish craftsman Andrew Fogelberg in London, he worked for royal silversmiths Rundell, Bridge and Rundell and became a highly skilled modeler and decorator, known particularly for his fine embossed work. Demands for his work increased with the arrival in Britain of French aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution (1789–1799) and with a growing demand for grander and more elaborate pieces to celebrate Britain’s victory over France at the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).

Contributing Editor Jane Pettigrew, an international tea expert who has written many books on the subject, is recipient of the British Empire Medal. A former tearoom owner, she is a much-sought-after consultant to tea businesses and hotels, a conference speaker, and an award-winning tea educator. Although her travels take her around the globe, she resides in London.

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