Hester Bateman

British, 1708–1794

Tall Coffee Pot Tea Caddy Teapot

Silver and wood

Gift of Mr. And Mrs. Alfred Posey in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ferdinand Thomasson

1993.39, 1993.41, 1993.38

Hester Bateman was head of a family of silversmiths prominent during the Georgian period. The pieces bearing her mark are great rarities. She and her family had a distinctive style that began to depart from Rococo’s ornamentation. Their designs instead looked to neoclassical restraint, such as that of the architect Robert Adam. The beading here is typical of Bateman silver, as are the delicately engraved and pierced patterning of the basket tea caddy.

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