ARTIST / MAKER: Edward Farrell (maker)
DATE: 1822 (made)
PLACE: England (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, chased and cast, with wooden handle

This teapot is typical of the ornate rococo revived style produced by Edward Farrell, decorated with scenes inspired by the 17th century Dutch painter, David Teniers the younger who was known for his paintings of peasant life and tavern scenes. In this example, figures are depicted drinking and playing music around a table in a rural landscape, while the finial is shaped as a figure pouring beer into a tankard from a barrel. The base of the spout is shaped as a satyr’s head, a faun like creature in Greek mythology associated with revelry, alcohol and dancing and believed to inhabit rural locations.

Edward Farrell registered his first mark in 1813 and was associated with the retailer and jeweller Kensington Lewis, of which Prince Frederick Augustus, the Duke of York was an important patron. Farrell was commissioned to produce many sculptural pieces specialising in chased and cast decoration inspired by Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo trends.