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Teapot: EC.25 & A-1938

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)


Salt-glazed stoneware painted in enamels with blue ground and floral decoration.

White salt-glazed stoneware painted overglaze in blue, green, pink, yellow and black enamels. The bulbous hexagonal body has an s-curved spout and a loop handle; on the lid is a ribbed handle. The body and spout are moulded with serrated-edge leaves in relief. Sprigged to the body on either side of the handle are additional moulded vine leaves and grape-bunches. The teapot is painted in a bright sky blue except for the vine leaves, which are green, the grapes, which are purple, and a reserved round field on each side of the teapot. The reserves have a purple border and contain, on one side of the teapot, a spray of flowers and, on the other, a vase of flowers. Two similar flower-filled, purple-bordered reserves decorate the lid.


History note: Formerly in the collection of J. Henry Griffiths; later in the collection of Wallace Elliot and purchased by the Fitzwilliam Museum on 20 May 1938 as Lot.94 in at the Wallace Elliot sale, Sotheby’s, from the Glaisher Fund

Legal notes

Purchased from the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Width: 17.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1938-05-20) by Sotheby's


Mid-18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - Circa 1765 1765 CE


The use of a coloured ground around a central reserve is designed to imitate the decoration of contemporary European porcelain. The bright sky blue colour used on this teapot emulates the famous ‘bleu céleste’ ground colour introduced by the Vincennes porcelain manufactory in 1753, although the coverage is not as even or as neat as was achieved by the French porcelain manufacturers. English potters produced salt-glazed stoneware, a relatively cheap product, in imitation porcelain, a very expensive one, in order to meet the demand of the middle classes. In the 18th-century there was a large, aspiring middle class in England, who wanted to emulate the habits of the gentry, including the elaborate social ritual of tea-drinking, but could not afford the luxury European and Oriental porcelain teawares used by the wealthy.

School or Style


Components of the work

Body With Lid: Height 10.1 cm
Body Without Lid: Height 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware Enamels Salt-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded stoneware body, with applied handle and spout and sprigged vine reliefs, salt-glazed and painted overglaze in enamels
Painting overglaze Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on white paper collector's label with brown border and printed with a brown elephant head

  • Text: “No.5 SALT-GLAZED PERIOD iii 1741-1760”
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Label

Inscription present: stick-on white paper collector's label with brown border and printed with a brown elephant head

  • Text: “No.5 SALT-GLAZED PERIOD iii 1741-1760”
  • Location: Inside lid
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Label

Inscription present: stick-on circular paper label

  • Text: written in centre: “? 178”; printed in the border: “J. HENRY GRIFFITH’S COLLECTION"
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in pencil with printed blue text in border
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.25 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 76918
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 September 2016 Last processed: Sunday 16 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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