An important London enamel tea kettle and cover, mid 18th century
Lot 32
An important London enamel tea kettle and cover, mid 18th century
£8,000 - 10,000
US$ 13,000 - 17,000
Lot Details
An important London enamel tea kettle and cover, mid 18th century
Of compressed globular form with a hinged metal overhead handle and gilt metal knop, finely painted with scattered sprays and sprigs, including roses, tulips and a melon, the rim picked out in brown, the spout in the shape of a bird's head with painted eyes, 26.7cm high including handle (some patches of restoration, typical minor damages) (2)

Footnotes

  • A related tea kettle from the Rous Lench Collection was sold by Sotheby's, 7 July 1986, lot 860. Very similar painting is seen on the sides of a casket illustrated by Therle and Bernard Hughes, English Painted Enamels (1967), p 41 where it is attributed to York House, Battersea. Excavations on the factory site revealed only two pieces of enamelled copper and both were painted as opposed to printed. See Judith Crouch, York House, Battersea: finds from the Excavation of the Enamel Manufactory site, ECC Trans, Vol 19, Part 1, p 34. One was the lower section of a bodkin case painted with scattered flowers in Meissen style but not in the manner of the present lot. Although a Battersea origin cannot be ruled out, the kettle could also be the product of an earlier London or Birmingham manufactory. It is certainly amongst the largest and most important pieces of early English enamel so far recorded
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