ARTIST / MAKER: Feodor Petrov (maker)
DATE: 1783 (made)
PLACE: Russia (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver with silver-gilt interior, carved and ebonised wood handle

Before the Pan-slavic revival in 19th century Russia, tea drinking and teawares were lagely influenced by European tastes. The classic rounded shape with stepped foot were characteristics that feature on many Russian silver teapots, with the bird spout likely being copied from teapots produced by the Meissen manufactory that bore this motif since the early 18th century

Although the silversmiths mark remains unidentified, this teapot bears the mark for Feodor Petrov, an alderman working in Moscow. His mark appears on many pieces of the period and area indicating Petrov’s high standing in the silversmithing community.