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The Royal Maker John Bridge. A very rare George IV Naturalistic Bachelor Teapot made in London in 1825 by John Bridge.

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The Teapot is of the bachelor size and stands on a naturalistic base decorated with foliate scrolls, standing on four cast leaves. The melon shaped main body is divided into lobed panels decorated, on the upper section, with foliate motifs and flower heads. The domed lobed cover terminates in a cast lily pad and berry finial. The very unusual spout is cast and decorated with grapes, flower heads and foliate sprays, all on a matted ground. The fruitwood handle is attached to the main body with naturalistic foliate mouldings. The Teapot is in excellent condition and is fully marked on the main body and cover and with the sterling mark on the finial. The front of the main body is also engraved with a contemporary Crest.



John Bridge entered into patnership with Philip Rundell in 1788 and they were both appointed as Goldsmiths and Jewellers to the King by 1797. John Bridge entered his first mark alone in 1823, after the retirement of Rundell. The work of John Bridge is exceptional in its quality and often of innovative design. He, of course, must have known the great Paul Storr very well and moved in the circle of silversmiths who surrounded him.



Height: 4 inches, 10cm.

Length, spout to handle: 8 inches, 20cm

Width: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.

Weight: 10oz.

Year
1825