|Hammering copper makes it stronger, so imagine the strength of this beautiful German Art Nouveau teapot. Each facet first is created with a roughing hammer, then, when the perfect shape is achieved, a finishing hammer is used to refine the texture and appearance. Finally the surface is polished until it gleams.
It is said that coppersmiths often went deaf over time due to the repetitive banging. The facets add a special beauty to the pot - like a rippling stream just outside a country cottage. Also adding to the beauty of the pot are
the ebony "spacers" inserted on the handle to diminish the flow of heat to the handle.
Germany's "Art Nouveau" period, "Jugendstil", was at its height of excellence when Carl Deffner-Esslingen struck his mark on this magnificent hammered copper teapot.