Patrick Robertson

Scottish (active 1751–1790)

Tea Urn



Gift of Mary Alice McClendon


Robertson’s reputation in Edinburgh was considerable. He was commissioned to create an award by the City Council, and his brother was the foremost historian of the Scottish Enlightenment at the time. A similarly ornate urn designed by Robertson is housed at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Hot water urns were introduced in the 1750s as a better way to serve tea. A heated metal rod or block could be housed in a central flue to keep the liquid warm inside the urn, and a spigot eliminated the necessity of having to lift or pour a heavy pot.

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