Tea and coffee set

ARTIST / MAKER: Edward Farrell (maker)
Kensington Lewis (retailer)
DATE: 1830-1832 (made)
PLACE: England (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, with gilt interiors

The maker of this tea and coffee set, Edward Farrell, was renowned for producing extravagant sculptural plate often decorated with scenes inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings by David Teniers (1610-1690). Farrell’s output of tea and coffee wares decorated with scenes from 17th century Dutch genre paintings was prolific, and this set depicts tavern scenes, drunken revellers and peasants. Farrell often supplied plate to the retailer Kensington Lewis and was patronised by Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), to whom he supplied some of his finest work.