Miniature Persian engraved silver part-tea service


Engraved with foliate and floral sprays, this miniature samovar, teapot, and tray is a fine example of 20th century Persian silversmithing.


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This charming set of Persian tableware comprises a samovar, teapot, and tray, all crafted on a miniature scale.

Traditionally only owned by elite families, samovars are metal urns which are used to boil water for tea. A filled teapot is set atop the chimney to steep, and users can dilute the concentrated tea by adding more water to their teacup from the spigot. Today, they are regarded as precious antique items, often featuring impressive decoration on their exteriors.

The tapered body of the samovar is engraved with panels of foliate design that are typical of Persian design, with similar motifs adorning the neck and lid. Wooden knobs protrude from the lid, handles, and spout, adding a pleasing colour contrast against the shining silver. The foot of the samovar features two pierced bands of stars, which add further aesthetic appeal. The entire apparatus sits on a square base with four ball feet.

Alongside the samovar, the teapot and tray are both of a refined shape, and feature similar engraved foliate designs. The unusual angular shape of the tray is typical of Persian samovar sets from this time.

The tray is stamped ‘84’ and with an unknown Persian workshop hallmark.

With its elegant design, this superb drinks set would make a fantastic addition to any collection of antiques.

Samovar: Height 23cm, width 16cm, depth 15cm
Teapot: Height 9cm, width 10cm, depth 6.5cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Persian interest
Silver, Wood
Brown, Metallic, Silver


23 cm / 9.1 inches
16 cm / 6.3 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches
2720 g


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