ARTIST / MAKER: Michael Derke (maker)
DATE: 1767 (made)
PLACE: The Hague (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, with wooden handle

Tea first arrived in the Netherlands in 1610 although its high cost meant that it was only available to the privileged few. It was initially used for medicinal purposes but also became a novelty amongst the Dutch upper-classes, who typically drank green tea infused with saffron. This teapot was made in the second half of the 18th century, when drinking black tea was very fashionable and widespread. The curvaceous body and the floral lid demonstrate the restrained rococo style that was popular among silversmiths working in The Hague at this time, and many teapots of this form or similar exist.