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William IV Tea Pot by Paul Storr

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This magnificent William IV-period teapot by Paul Storr is a celebration of nature

Key Features

  • This rare and enchanting silver teapot by Paul Storr is one of his most fascinating creations
  • Crafted in the form of a ripe melon, this pot is a masterwork of the Dutch Rococo style
  • Naturalistic applied and engraved decorations set this piece apart
  • The engraved coat-of-arms of the Earls of Hopetoun alludes to this pot's great provenance
  • Hallmarked London, 1835, and stamped STORR & MORTIMER
  • 5 3/4" high
  • 11 oz. 10 dwt. (366 gr.) gross weight

Item Details

  • Height:
    5 3/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
This splendid and rare William IV-period silver teapot is a tour-de-force by master craftsman Paul Storr. Created in the elaborate Dutch Rococo taste, this pot takes the form of a ripe melon, from its full body, foliate hinged lid and branch-shaped spout to its vine like base. Chased with intricately scrolling foliage and flowers, this exquisite piece also bears the engraved coat-of-arms and crest of the Earl's of Hopetoun beneath an Earl's coronet. Completed with a scrolling wooden handle, this magnificent pot epitomizes the range of expertise that Storr possessed, and the artistry for which he is adored. This teapot was made while he was with Storr & Mortimer during the early 1830s, his final business collaboration before he retired. A very similar teapot sold as part of the Van Cliburn collection at Christie's New York in May 2012.

Without question, Paul Storr is among history's finest smiths, revered for perfecting the works, styles and designs of the Regency period. Royalty and prominent figures of the era looked to Storr for some of their most important commissions. His artistic gifts were not only reserved for his more prestigious pieces. Every example of Storr's work was afforded the same attention to quality and detail. Today, his works are highly regarded and collected by museums and silver connoisseurs around the world.

Hallmarked London, 1835, and stamped STORR & MORTIMER

Provenance:
John Hope, 5th Earl of Hopetoun (1803-1843), then by descent to
Charles William Frederick Hope, 3rd Marquess of Linlithgow (1912-1987)
  The Trustees of the Hopetoun Preservation Trust

5 3/4" high

11 oz. 10 dwt. (366 gr.) gross weight
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