Teapot and milk jug

ARTIST / MAKER: Dirk Egeling (maker)
DATE: 1777 (made)
PLACE: Utrecht (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, carved wooden handle and finial

This teapot and milk jug were made in Utrecht in the second half of the 18th century, when tea drinking was at the height of fashion. The curvaceous bodies and the leaf-shaped lids demonstrate the restrained Rococo style that was popular among silversmiths working in the Netherlands and many teapots of this form or similar exist. The teapot has a spherical, spiral-fluted body which can be seen in the work of other silversmiths working in the Netherlands such as Hendrik Griste II (active 1784-1791) who worked in Amsterdam.