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Blue jasper teapot with Fox and Lion sprigs: C.1 & A-1908

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Blue jasper teapot with Fox and Lion sprigs


Factory: Neale & Co.
James Neale & Co. ((alternative name))
Neale & Wilson ((alternative name))




Blue jasper ware with sprig decoration in white.

Pale blue jasper teapot decorated with engine-turning and with moulded and applied white jasper reliefs. Oval with straight sides and flat, slightly concave shoulder with a narrow raised rim surrounding a round aperture for the cover, which is very slightly domed with a pierced ball knob. Straight sloping spout moulded in two halves and having sixteen holes forming a lozenge behind it in the wall of the pot. Ear-shaped handle, ridged on the outer side and decorated with moulded, stylised leaves. The lower edge is decorated with a turned design od narrow ridges above and below a wide band of vertical strips. Above on one side there is a white relief of a lion and a fox, among trees and on the other side a white relief of a fox and grapes growing in one of the trees. The top edge is decorated with a beaded white relief band. The cover has a pierced central knob with white horizontal white band, surrounded by alternating four-petalled flowers and acanthus leaves. The spout is reeded, the lower part moulded in relief with acanthus. The handle is reeded and has an acanthus leaf at the top and a smaller one at its base. The underside is flat, with a slight, wide foot-rim.


History note: Mrs T.T. Gurney

Legal notes

Given by Mrs T.T. Gurney, Chesterton Hall

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.9 cm
Width: 12.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1908-12) by Gurney, T. T., Mrs


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE


James Neale, a London pottery and glass merchant, took over Church Works, Hanley in 1778, including the stoneware business set up by Humphrey Palmer c.1759. Robert Wilson ran the practical side of the business, which continued under various names, including James Neale & Co. and Neale & Wilson until1792. It continued under Robert Wilson and his son David until 1818. The Hanley site produced fine white stonewares and, from the early 1780s, a limited range of jasper tea and ornamental wares, mainly in shades of blue.

Jasper, an unglazed fine stoneware with an impervious surface sheen, was introduced by Wedgwood in the mid 1770s. Other factories, including Neale, soon produced their own versions. Jasper was made in white or solid colour, often blue, and later by dipping in coloured slip. The coloured body was then decorated with sprigs - designs formed in small plaster, clay or brass moulds – applied when the clay was leather hard.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Reliefs composed of jasper ( white)
Body Length 14.9 cm
Handle-spout Length 25.2 cm

Materials used in production

pale blue Jasper

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale blue jasper decorated with turning, moulding and sprigs.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: NEALE & Co
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Mrs Gurney Gift / G.6-1908
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Small paper label inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 142
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Small circular paper label inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1 & A-1908
Primary reference Number: 71106
Old object number: G.6-1908
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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