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Date Made:1750-1760
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: tin-glazed earthenware; cobalt blue decoration
Place Made:United Kingdom; Great Britain: England; Great Britain: Greater London, London
Measurements:Overall: 4 in x 7 1/4 in x 4 in; 10.2 cm x 18.4 cm x 10.2 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2013.44
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund Purchase, with funds donated by Mark and Marjorie Allen

This teapot is an example of "later" London-made delftware, c. 1755 or so. (See HD 2003.4 mug for a similarly decorated example of delftware.) Typical of those wares are a dark blue cobalt pigment used for the decoration. The blue and white pattern on this teapot is very similar to contemporary blue and white designs found on English porcelain at the Worcester and Liverpool factories. The crabstock shaped handle imitates similar handles on salt-glazed stoneware and lead-glazed earthenware teapots etc.. made in Staffordshire, England, c. 1755. The survival rate of delftware teapots is quite low given that delftware did not resist thermal shock (that is the sudden change in temperature when in contact with boiling water). Very often delftware teawares cracked or broke. Tin-glazed earthenware decorated in cobalt blue, globular or bullet-shaped teapot with attached crabstock handle and plain s-shaped spout, the teapot is decorated in blue in a quickly/loosely painted chinoiserie design of a two-tiered pagoda or house with chimneys in a landscape with a tall rocky cliff to the right and a thin leafy tree to the left; the lid is similarly decorated and the finial of the lid is painted with half circles and dots and a star within; the finial is round but very flat in shape, the handle has dashes of blue color, the spout has blue foliate and floral designs. Condition: There are some losses of glaze to the rim of the teapot mouth and the edge of the lid, the tip of the spout has been restored. A similar example is in the collection of Temple Newsam House, Leeds.


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