A Rare William and Mary Tea Bowl

Maker: 
Philip Hull
Dated: 
Circa 1690
Dimensions: 
2 1/4" diameter, 1 1/2" high

The small tapering body  with slightly flared rim, the lower part with typical late 17th century concave and convex fluting and raised on a simple collet foot. The underside engraved with contemporary initials A.D (no relation!!!)

Price: 
£1450

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The earliest silver teapot is in the Victoria and Albert Museum and is dated 1670. Some years after this the first drinking vessels for tea appeared generally in the form of hemispherical bowls without handles. The style and form were copied from porcelain examples of the Far East but is curious as the silver would be too hot to handle suggesting that the beverage was consumed warm rather than hot. Such bowls continued in fashion until the first stoneware cup with a handle was produced by Johann Bottger in about 1710. It seems that the preference for porcelain over silver for such vessels was so prevalent that there are exceptionally few silver handled tea cups known.

Philip Hull was a known maker of small bowls, particularly tumbler cups. He became free in 1679 and was making silver until the end of the 17th century and possibly in to the early 18th century but as there is no record of his death it is hard to be precise when he stopped working.