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Edward Farrell A George IV Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service

Silver
London, 1821, The Kettle and Stand 1822
Maker’s mark of Edward Farrell
The kettle and stand 16 ¼ in. (41.2 cm.) high
Total weight 227 oz. 14 dwt. (7,082 gr.)
 

Silversmith Biography

Farrell's apprenticeship or freedom are unrecorded, and his early life is relatively unknown. Holden's Triennial Directory of 1805-7 described him as a silversmith, but his first mark was not registered until 1813. The most productive period of Farrell's career coincided with his association with the entrepreneur, silversmith, and jeweller Kensington Lewis, whose most important patron was Frederick, Duke of York. Lewis was supplied with extravagant sculptural plate in a variety of revival styles by Farrell, drawing principally on seventeenth-century Flemish, German and Italian designs in high relief. Lewis' business was unable to recover from the death of the Duke of York in 1827, and Farrell no longer had the opportunity to make the plate on such a grand scale. Thereafter, he was best known for highly embossed tea services chased with decoration derived from seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting.

Description

Pear-shaped, cast, chased in high relief and applied with figures in taverns or rural landscapes and on crouching figures or lion-mask capped paw feet.
Comprising: a teapot; a coffee-pot, each with figure finial on barrel above oak leaf and acorn calyx, with carved ivory handle; a kettle and stand, the overhead swing handle cast with figures and with figure finial; a cream-jug and a sugar bowl, marked near handles, the teapot and coffee-pot further marked on cover and finial, the kettle further marked on stand, handle, cover bezel and finial.
 

A George IV Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service Reference: 23358.3