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Teapot: C.42 & A-1934

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


Red dry-bodied stoneware with mould-applied reliefs

Red dry-bodied stoneware with mould-applied reliefs. Cylindrical, with a curved shoulder, sloping cylindrical spout with seven holes in wall behind it, and loop handle. Inside there is a ridge where the shoulder meets the side. On the slightly recessed base there is a square pseudo-Chinese seal mark with the initials I F in the middle. The circular cover is slightly domed with an internal flange and a button-shaped replacement knob. On each side there are four mould-applied reliefs of flowers and foliage, or foliage, atwo one above the other, and one on each side of them. The cover is decorated with three smaller mould-applied motifs, a flower, a feather-like leaf, and a bunch of three small leaves


History note: Uncertain before 1924 when in possession of the donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

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Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.6 cm
Length: 16.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1934-11-29) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
1750 CE - 1770 CE


Staffordshire red stoneware teapots were inspired by Chinese red stoneware pots from Yixing which had been imported into England since the late 17th century. They were made at Bradwell Wood in Staffordshire at the end of the 17th century by the Elers brothers and for that reason this pot was described as 'Elers Ware' on its accession. After the Elers brothers stopped potting in Staffordshire in 1698, red stoneware does not appear to have been made until the 1740s.

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Components of the work

Body Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production

red dry-bodied Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square pseudo-Chinese seal mark with initials I F in the centre

  • Text: I F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed with a stamp
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42 & A-1934
Primary reference Number: 75024
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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