Puru teapot

ARTIST / MAKER: F. Scavia (maker)
N.K. Sethia (designer)
DATE: 2018 (made)
PLACE: Milan (made)
London (designed)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Gold, enamel, diamond and tzavorite with ebony handle

This teapot is the latest in the series of contemporary teawares personally designed by Nirmal Sethia. The spherical ribbed body recalls the ‘bullet’ form teapots which became fashionable in Britain at the turn of the 18th century (see CCN.394). The teapot is named after Mr Sethia’s youngest son Puru, while the green of the enamel and tsavorites were chosen to symbolise spiritual prosperity. The gold finial, cast in the form of an eagle alighting on a globe, is derived from Mr Sethia’s family crest.

As a tea taster by trade and the founder of Newby Teas, Nirmal Sethia is passionate about creating the finest teas and reviving the art of tea making and drinking. Through collecting and preserving the finest historic teawares in the Chitra Collection, it is also his hope that respect for tea and its traditions can be rekindled. To support this mission, Mr Sethia has designed and commissioned a series of 21st century teapots in celebration of tea’s extraordinary history.