AUD $100.00
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Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

Sorry this lovely little tea pot is no longer available.

The serious porcelain collector would probably be appalled that we’re offering this mutilated and heavily repaired Late 19th or Early 20th 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.
Small 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, with two violent chips on the lid and matching ones on the lip.
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 good condition too.
( 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.

Size: L 160mm x W 86mm x H 100mm

Weight: 254 grams