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Teapot: EC.22-1939

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood
Designer: Templetown, Elizabeth, Lady (Attributed)
Modeller: Hackwood, William (Probable)




Caneware with applied dark grey moulded reliefs, the interior glazed. Oval with incurved shoulder with a flange rising upwards at one end to meet the strap handle. Straight upward sloping spout. On side is decorated with Charlotte kneeling at the tomb of Werther, with a tree on the left, and a dog and a two-handled pot of flowers on the right. The other side is decorated with Sportive Love (a seated woman playing with Cupid), with a plant and a ewer on the left and a tree on the right. Cover missing.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Miss Erskine

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.1 cm
Length: 20.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939-05) by Erskine, Miss


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 CE - 1820 CE


Cane ware was a refinement of an earlier buff body. Experiments were in progress by the early 1770s, but even by 16 September1779 it was not satisfactory, when Wedgwood mentioned it in a letter to Bentley (E.26-18923), The first time it was mentioned in a Catalogue was in 1787, in which it was described as 'bamboo or cane-coloured bisqué porcelain'.

The designs for Sportive Love and Charlotte at the tomb of Werther were attributed to Lady Elizabeth Templetown (1747-1823) in the Wedgwood Catalogue of Cameos, Intaglios, medals, Bas-Reliefs, Busts, and Small Statues . . . . 6th edn, Etruria, 1787, class II, p. 39, nos. 271 and 272. They were probably modelled by William Hackwood. The exact date of the designs is not known, but Wedgwood wrote to her in June 1783 requesting more designs (Wedgwood MS E.26-18958). See Documentation, Reilly, Wedgwood, 1989

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Materials used in production

caneware Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: impressed in upward curve

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: '18' or 'IB'

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: A square paper inside the pot inscribed in pencil after acquisition with a two-line description, 'Wedgwood, about 1779-1795'/Given by Miss Erskine/for the purpose of study/May 1939.'

  • Text: Wedgwood, about 1779-1795'/Given by Miss Erskine/for the purpose of study/May 1939
  • Location: Square paper inside the pot
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.22-1939
Primary reference Number: 12062
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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