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Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

The serious porcelain collector would probably be appalled that we’re offering this mutilated and heavily repaired Late 19th century tea pot. But to the collector of all things Silk Route or Tribal, here’s a treasure, a much loved and travelled tea pot from the yurts or towns of Central Asia, and showing it.
A large Cobalt Blue Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot, with handpainted Roses.
Founded in 1754 (?) by an Englishman, Francis Gardner, these were made near Moscow and traded throughout Russia and Central Asia, catering to the tastes of the market, nomads in yurts and settled villagers too, both loved the spring and summer time joy, of this floral tea ware.
Like the Uzbek floral fabrics the women still wear, an all season spring. For serving tea to dusty guests on your rugs and embroidered cushions.
This highly valued item was sadly dropped in use or transportation, the pieces carefully saved and taken eventually to a silver smith.
Who with a handheld bow drill, carefully drilled and riveted it, using silver wire, so accurately that the pot could be used again (before modern strong glues were readily available, this was how we did our repairs.)
These repairs are fairly drastic though, serious repairs were required, the Silvermiths’ solution was to run a circular wire round the top and the base, supporting a cage of vertical silver bands, enclosing the whole body of the pot.
These have been on so long, that the silver is now darkly oxidized.
Although it has been riveted, overtime the integrity of this piece is now threatened, whilst all there and gorgeous, it’s not “solid” so don’t fiddle, the triangle to left of the spout is loose, for careful display only, or else you’ll be gluing.
I think the care and tradition, behind these repair adds to it’s charm.
The handpainted Roses and Forget-me-nots are in fairly worn condition, some of the blue ground is worn off in places, too.
Strangely there is no stamp on the base, is it earlier?
I’ve left the strip of orange cloth that holds the lid on, it’s been added along the way, during its’ long travels.
You can remove and reapply it easily.
( I’ve just read “Extremes along the Silk Road”, by Nick Middleton, where he describes nomadic Kazaks in yurts, serving up runny canned cherry jam and cream, with their tea, at every opportunity. And likens it to an English afternoon tea, transposed.)

Age: Early 20 th century, or earlier.

Size: L 227mm x W 132mm x H 173mm

Weight: 924 grams