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Teapot from a tea set: C.22.1 & A-2002

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Teapot from a tea set


Potter: Stair, Julian




Brown dry-bodied stoneware teapot and cover, with handle of Japanese wisteria.

Brown dry-bodied stoneware, thrown, and glazed greyish-blue on the interior and interior of the spout, the handle of Japanese wisteria. Ovoid body with applied upward sloping spout with seven holes in the body behind it. The base is recessed and has a swirl in the middle. On opposing sides of the top of the body there is a small loop of rolled clay, flattened at the ends and applied to the shoulder. Through this is passed a handle of bound Japanese wisteria, with two trailing ends of different lengths. The circular, convex cover has a concave swirl in the centre and is pierced by a ventilation hole. The underside is cut back from the edge and fits inside the mouth of the pot with the flange resting on the shoulder. In a set with two cups (C.22.2 & 3-2002 and a ground (tray, C.22.4-2002).


History note: Purchased by the donors from Egg, 36 Kinnerton Street, London, SW1X 9ES.

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2002-11-25) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2002


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Julian Stair is a potter and writer based in London. He studied Ceramics at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. In 2002, he completed a doctorate in the history of critical writing in the field of studio ceramics at the Royal College of Art and is currently principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster. His work is characterized by simple vessel forms that explore the ritual and domestic uses of clay vessels through time with particular reference to the English studio pottery movement of the last century. He exhibits, and is collected, internationally and in 2004 was awarded the World Crafts Council European Lifetime Achievement award. Stair now principally works to commission creating site-specific installations that push the boundaries of scale and context of his chosen medium. A touring show, Quietus – commissioned by and shown at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in 2012, subsequently touring to National Museum Wales, Winchester Cathedral and Somerset House – was the culmination of a ten-year project reflecting on the containment of the human body after death, and included monumental sarcophagi, cinerary jars and moving images. ‘Julian Stair creates an imaginative and intellectual fusion of the diverse histories of pottery: that of use and that of beauty. His works echo the domestic with austere pared-down elegance and simplicity.’ Marina Vaizey, art critic and author. A life history interview with Julian Stair is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Handle composed of wisteria
Over Cover Height 12.6 cm
Over Handle Height 21.2 cm
Handle-spout Length 15 cm

Materials used in production

except handle Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown dry-bodied stoneware, thrown, and glazed greyish-blue on the interior and interior of the spout, the handle of Japanese wisteria.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JS
  • Location: On edge of base
  • Method of creation: In square seal
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22.1 & A-2002
Primary reference Number: 82291
Entry form: 178
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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