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Teapot - Measham ware

Measham ware

  • Object:

    Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Church Gresley (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1870-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mason, Cash and Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead-glazed earthenware, with thrown body, press-moulded handle and spout, and applied reliefs; painted with underglaze colours

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.334-1973

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 2, shelf 1 []

This rustic brown lead-glazed style, with applied decoration is known as 'Measham ware' or 'Barge ware', as it is associated with use on canal boats. Most 'Measham ware' was actually produced in Church Gresley, Derbyshire bewteen the years 1870-1910.

The teapot bears the applied message 'A present to a friend' indicating the role of such wares as personal gifts.

Physical description

Teapot, cover and stand. Teapot has depressed bulbous body with frilled rim and rounded foot rim. The lid with a wide rim, domed and surmounted by a flattened knop. Covered over all with a streaked rich brown glaze and decorated with applied cream coloured sprigs, and garlands with birds, partly stained green, blue and pink. Also applied, a cartouche with impressed lettering stained blue 'A PRESENT TO A FRIEND'.

Place of Origin

Church Gresley (possibly, made)

Date

ca.1870-1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Mason, Cash and Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lead-glazed earthenware, with thrown body, press-moulded handle and spout, and applied reliefs; painted with underglaze colours

Marks and inscriptions

unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 23.4 cm

Object history note

Purchase from William Walsh. 250 camden High Street, London NW1 8QS

Descriptive line

Teapot, cover and stand, 'Measham ware', Possibly Mason Cash and Co., Derbyshire, about 1870-1910.

Labels and date

Teapot, lid and stand 'A Present to a Friend'
Possibly made by W. Mason & Co., Church Gresley, Derbyshire, about 1875-99
Unmarked
Earthenware, with applied decoration and painting in enamels

Circ.334&A&B-1973 [23/05/2008]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Throwing; Moulding

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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