Kettle on stand and oil burner

Benjamin Gignacc. 1754-1755

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum

The new habits of drinking tea and coffee are shown by the predominance of pieces such as coffee-pots, teapots, silver kettles and samovars, with the sinuous forms of a baroque style that followed French, Italian and English models, frequently commissioned by the court from foreign silversmiths, and which were to be found in large numbers in Portuguese collections.

Kettle on a stand and with an oil-burner, made in London in 1754-1755, with a rocaille decoration, having the shape of an upturned pear, with a pine-cone at the top and cabriole legs that display the English influence, formed from two ogee volutes, and which were also found on English furniture from that period. The decoration with volutes, shells and leaves is embossed in relief.

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  • Title: Kettle on stand and oil burner
  • Creator: Benjamin Gignac
  • Date Created: c. 1754-1755
  • Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 25 cm x 18 cm x 26.5 cm
  • Provenance: Legacy Alberto Eduardo Navarro, Viscount of the Trinity
  • Type: Goldsmith's shop
  • Rights: © DGPC/ADF/Photographer:Carlos Monteiro, 2004
  • Medium: Silver (beat, relieved and incised) and leather