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Teapot: C.1 & A-1995

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Wedgwood, Josiah
Decorator: Rhodes, David




Cream-coloured earthenware, painted in green, yellow, pale purple, reddish-brown, and black enamel-colours. The pot has a globular body with moulded overlapping leaf spout and reeded and leaf-moulded handle. The circular, slightly domed cover has a pierced globular knob. One side of the pot is decorated with a gentleman leaning on a post in a landscape with a building on the left; on the other side with two buildings in a landscape; and on the cover with one building between trees.


History note: Probably from the collection of Sir Victor and Lady Gollancz; Sotheby's, 15 July 1975, Catalogue of Important English Pottery from the Well-Known Collection formed by the late Sir Victor and Lady Gollancz, p. 12, lot 41. Messrs A.F. Allbrook, Essex, from whommpurchased in April 1982 by the donors

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.6 cm
Length: 19.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1995-01-23) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1775 CE


The shape of this teapot is similar to examples marked Wedgwood. The pot illustrates the style of enamel paintingnfound on much early Wedgwood creamware. It is characteristic of enamelling associated with Robinson and Rhodes, a firm of decorators at Leeds to whom Wedgwood was sending creamware by 1763. In 1768 David Rhodes, moved to London to work at Wedgwood's premises in Great Newport Street, which a year later was transferred to a new decorating studio in Chelsea. This teapot was probably enamelled there, rather than earlier at the Leeds decorating workshop, because the gentleman resembles one on a teapot in Norwich Castle Museum, whch can be dated to 1774 because it bears the inscription 'Success to Sir Charles Holte Esq.', who was elected as MP for Warwickshire in the Parliamentary election in that year. Jasper Robinson continued to decorate at Leeds until 1779.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, pale purple, reddish-brown, and black)

Materials used in production

Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1 & A-1995
Primary reference Number: 11838
Old object number: 95
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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