Silver tankard

by Kilian Kelson

The coffee pot was by far the commonest object of silver during the Rococo. It was also a masterpiece during the 18th century. 

Coffee drinking was an upper class amusement, and the drink was served in special coffee houses. By the end of the 18th century, the habit had spread to all classes of society, and there was no stopping it, even though from time to time, for political and economical reasons, it was either prohibited or made subject to extra tax.

A coffee, chocolate, and teapot, cream jug and sugar box could often be made in uniform style. The teapot during the Rococo is separate, without a brazier, and is usually compact and bulging, widest at the top, and either quite plain or decorated with S-shaped ridges and a boldly curved handle. Originating in England during the 1740s, the design spread to various parts of Europe. Some pots have leaf-shaped feet, but this is not very common in Sweden, where most teapots, just like this one by Kilian Kelson, have a continuous foot-ring.

Picture: A silver tankard by Kilian Kelson, in 1756

A silver tankard by Kilian Kelson, in 1756


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