Edward Farrell

( 1850 )

An Early 19th Century ‘Teniers’ Teapot

Edward Farrell

( 1850 )

An Early 19th Century ‘Teniers’ Teapot

Silver
George IV, London, 1821
Maker’s mark of Edward Farrell

Weight: 978 g, 31 oz 9 dwt
Length: 24.5 cm, 9.6 in
 

A teapot in the style of David Teniers. Richly decorated with figures, floral decoration, and rocaille in the style of the 17th century painter David Teniers. The teapot resting on four cast feet formed as revellers at the inn. The main body with cast and applied ornaments and scenes of musician, people gaming, dancing, and enjoying their time at the inn. The finial formed as a pomegranate and dove.
 

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.

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