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Teapot: C.693 & A-1928

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Maker(s)

Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Factory)

Description

Creamware press-moulded and decorated with coloured and clear lead glazes.

Lead-glazed creamware decorated with coloured glazes and underglaze oxides in green, yellow, slate-blue and dark grey. The press-moulded teapot is a bulbous shape with a scroll handle composed of three leaves and a ribbed, s-curved spout. Both sides of the teapot are decorated with a view of a three-storey house, placed centrally and flanked by trees, with cows, sheep, swans and foliage in the foreground; the scene is bordered with C-scrolls, S-scrolls and basketwork. The lid of the teapot has a lamb knob surrounded by foliage and a pleated border.

Notes

History note: Provenance unknown before Mr Hildyard, York Street, Westminster, who sold on 18 May 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 21.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

Dating

Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1770 1770 CE

Note

Block moulds comparable to this particular teapot design were discovered in the Wedgwood Factory at Etruria in the early 20th-century. In 1924, Charles F. C. Luxmoore attributed these block-moulds to William Greatbatch as an invoice dated 11 January 1764 records Wedgwood paying Greatbatch for a block-mould for a “Landskip Tpt.”. However, the term “landskip” was widely used at the time and so this reference could refer to any teapot with a landscape pattern. Furthermore, there is no archaeological evidence from Greatbatch’s site to suggest he produced any ware in the specific pattern used on this teapot. Wasters of a comparable pattern have, however, been found at the sites of Thomas Whieldon at Fenton Vivian, Humphrey Palmer at Hanley and an unidentified potter at Union Street, also in Hanley. At the latter two sites, the wasters included creamware with underglaze colours, like this teapot. It is therefore not possible to attribute this teapot or the Etruria moulds to a specific potter.

The teapot features a so-called “landskip” pattern. “Landskip” was a term widely used in Staffordshire potters’ documents in the 1760s to refer to pastoral scenes, which, based on the large number and variety of surviving examples, were a very popular subject. The particular landscape design on this teapot was produced in various materials in addition to lead-glazed creamware, including enamelled salt-glazed stoneware.

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Wholes: composed of underglaze colours Body Without Lid: Height 11.8 cm
Body With Lid: Height 13.1 cm
Body: Handle: Spout:

Materials used in production

cream coloured Earthenware Lead-glazing

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on octagonal white paper label with blue border

  • Text: “No.2393. Whieldon ware moulded teapot. b in London, May 18 1906”
  • Location: Inside bowl of teapot
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.693 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75842
Old object number: 2393
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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