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Teapot c.1881

White metal, enamel | 6.5 x 20.0 x 12.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 54952

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Prince George and his brother, Prince Albert Victor, bought this set in Japan in 1881, when they visited numerous ‘curio’ shops stocked by well-known metalworkers. Clearly created for the tourist market, the vessels combine European tea ware shapes with Japanese inlay and motifs from nature.