AUD $100.00

Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

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.
It’s old and it’s in a very repaired state, but it’s a romantic gem for the Tribal collector.

A large round, Burgundy 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, city folk and settled villagers too, all 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, seated on your rugs and embroidered cushions.
This highly valued item, was sadly dropped in use or transportation, the treasured pieces carefully saved and taken eventually to a silver smith.
Who with a hand held bow drill, carefully drilled and wired it, using silver rivets, 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.
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, it has a “dull” ring to it, denoting a looseness.
So it’s perfect 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 very worn, even the maroon field is very scratched, it certainly has travelled, brought out for so many tea parties.
( 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 235 mm x W 132 mm x H 168 mm