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Teapot: C.865 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood




Cream-coloured earthenware with Rockingham glaze and gilt decoration on the rims, handle and spout. Shape 159 or `Rockingham' shape. Squat piriform body with loop handle and slightly curved spout; convex cover (A) with a deep cylindrical flange fitting inside the body, and a widow finial. Round the rim of the pot and the edge of the cover there are two horizontal bands, and a scalloped line with groups of three balls on stems depending from it. There are sprays of stylised leaves on both sides of the spout, and between them, six graduated dots with tapering strokes above and below. The tip of the spout is encircled by a line. On the back of the handle there is a tapering stroke with a dot and three strokes above, and, on each side of the handle, a line.


History note: Gabor Cossa (Mrs Joan Eve), Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Legal notes

Purchased with the J. R. V. Smyth Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.7 cm
Width: 14.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1984-10-22) by Eve, Joan


Circa 1850 - 1900


Rockingham glaze, named after the factory at Swinton, Yorkshire, which developed it in the late 18th century, was coloured with manganese. It was introduced no later than 1823 initially for teapots only, and continued in use until 1941 when it was withdrawn because of wartime restrictions on ceramic manufacture.

Components of the work

Exterior composed of gilt ( on the rims, handle and spout)

Materials used in production

'Rockingham glaze'
Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Cream-coloured earthenware with 'Rockingham' glaze and gilt decoration on the rims, handle and spout.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: or '86'

  • Text: 36
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: X
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.865 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 12137
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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