Treasured Teapot: Ravishing Repoussage

Treasured Teapot: Ravishing Repoussage

Text by Britt Crawford • Photography by Jim Bathie

Kirk Stieff Silver’s Ram’s Head teapot displays the impressive metalwork technique.

Translated to “pushed up,” repoussé or repoussage is a technique that shapes metal by hammering the material to create a design or pattern. While the term has French roots, the method has been used all over the world, gaining popularity in Europe throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The intricate floral repoussé motif on this Ram’s Head sterling teapot by Kirk Stieff Silver is a wonderful archetype for this craft. In addition to the forged depictions, the angular handle and short shape make this piece a unique teapot to feature at your Provençal table.