Teapot

ARTIST / MAKER: William Darker (maker)
DATE: 1730 (made)
PLACE: England (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, wood
COLLECTION NUMBER: 184

This is an example of a silver bullet teapot. The name ‘bullet’ refers to its spherical body and is thought to derive from its similarity to the shape of the round lead musket ball. The bullet shape succeeded the earlier pear-shaped teapots, which were inspired by Chinese export porcelain examples and were fashionable at the beginning of the 18th century. Like this example, bullet teapots were typically plainly decorated with flat covers, cylindrical spouts and mounted on a stepped foot.