Antique Copper Samovars
Antique Copper Samovars are heated containers traditionally used to boil or heat water.
History & Description
Samovars have been an integral part of the tea culture in and around Russia for centuries as well as in Eastern European countries, the Middle-East and Kashmir.
The height of samovars’ popularity increased at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries and they were a common sight in upper-class Russian households. Thousands of factories were established in order to meet demand, most notably in the town of Tula, which is still considered to be the historical heart of samovar production.
Shakhid Gabibullaev, one of the foremost samovar collectors in the world, reportedly owns the earliest known example of a copper samovar, which was manufactured in 1717.
Guide for collectors
There is an established community of samovar collectors and copper items are arguably the most common. These antiques are still purchased with a view to use and as a result, there is a highly competitive market. The price of a samovar depends on its materials and the popularity of its designer and factory-manufacturer.
Antique copper samovars can be obtained from a variety of outlets. Not only are they regularly sold at both national and international auction houses, but they are also appear frequently on internet bidding sites, such as eBay. Moreover, there are a number of online companies that sell antique copper samovars. A few examples include Samovaroff, Russian Samovars and Shop Samovar.
Notable auction sales
On January 14th 2010 at Guernsey’s in New York, a large antique copper samovar from The Russian Tea Room realised a price of $4,000.
On November 23rd 2006 at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam, a copper and brass samovar, designed by Albin Müller, circa 1903, realised a price of €3,000.
On May 12th 2007 at Dr. Fischer Fine Art Auctions in Heilbronn, Germany, a copper samovar, made in St. Petersburg in the late-nineteenth century, realised a price €2,800.