A very fine quality Regency sterling silver teapot on stand by Benjamin Smith (1764-after 1824)
London, dated 1806
Height 15 cm.
Benjamin Smith produced some of England’s finest early nineteenth century silver. His name is closely associated with leading craftsmen of his day, firstly in conjunction with Matthew Boulton, 1792 outside Smith’s hometown of Birmingham. By 1802 Smith had set up a workshop with Digby Scott and then with the eminent silversmith, Paul Storr. Both partnerships supplied silver to the Crown jewellers and silversmiths, Rundell and Bridge. While Smith produced important monumental presentation silver his smaller domestic pieces, such as the Jamaica Service (Windsor Castle) are considered his finest.