Kettle and stand

ARTIST / MAKER: Charles Reily & George Storer (maker)
DATE: 1850 (made)
PLACE: London (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver with engraved decoration

This Victorian kettle is embellished with bright-cut engraved decoration featuring scrolling leaves and flowers around a central cartouche. This engraving technique was most frequently used by English silversmiths and became fashionable in the late 18th century. A series of cuts of varying steepness are made into the metal that causes the exposed surfaces to reflect light and give an impression of brightness. This kettle was made by Charles Reily and George Storer, who became partners in 1829 and operated in London.