Van Kempen Museum Dutch 19th Century Silver Teapot
J. M. Van Kempen, Dutch continental silver teapot from the 19th century, with beaded motifs adorning the rim, base, and handle, and with an elegant design. It measures 5 3/4'' in height by 7 5/8'' from handle to spout by 4 3/8'' in depth, weighs 13.7 troy ounces, and bears hallmarks as shown. The prestigious Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam owns a very similar teapot; the last photo is of the teapot in their permanent collection.
Van Kempen was a celebrated Dutch silversmithing company. Johannes Mattheus van Kempen (1814-1877) was the first silver manufacturer to introduce modern production techniques in the Netherlands. Johannes Mattheus van Kempen, joined in the footsteps of his father and grandfather both silversmiths. His grandfather was born in Utrecht in 1764, known as Johannes Mattheus van Kempen (I) and in 1789 admitted as master of the guild of silversmiths. His sons, Pieter Johannes (1790 - 1831) and Johannes Mattheus (II) (1792 - 1831) were also silversmiths in Utrecht.
The main contribution of a Dutch silversmith at the first World's Fair, held in London in 1851, was that of J.M van Kempen. His entry consisted of five different objects in different historical styles. With three of his sons, Johannes Matheus is the founder and first director of the “Koninklijke Nederlandse Fabriek van Gouden en Zilveren werken J. M. van Kempen & Zonen te Vooschoten (Royal Dutch Factory Golden and Silver Works J. M. Kempen & Sons in Voorschoten). At the opening of the new factory in 1858 in Voorschoten the predicate "Royal" has been granted to the company.
Van Kempen attached great importance to quality and careful finish of all the objects made. That is why the factory in Voorschoten made numerous commissions for the Royal Family and government institutions. In 1901 the president of the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek, Paul Kruger, gave Van Kempen an important task to make a silver inkstand for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
In 1919 the factory merged with the Koninklijke Utrechtsche Fabriek van zilveren werken C.J. Begeer and Jac. Vos & Co. from Rotterdam. The production was continued in the city of Voorschoten under the name of; Koninklijke Nederlandse Edelmetaalbedrijven Van Kempen, Begeer en Vos (KNEB ).
After years of internal discord Carl Begeer became director of the firm.
The firm’s work sold at prestigious auction houses, such as Christie’s, and is in the permanent collection of several museums, including the Rijsksmuseum.
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