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Plaque - 'Lady Templetown' teapot
  • 'Lady Templetown' teapot
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons
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'Lady Templetown' teapot

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black 'jasperware' with applied decoration

  • Credit Line:

    On loan from WWRD United Kingdom Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 2, shelf 3

This is a presentation plaque showing the range of sprigs used on Wedgwood's 'Lady Templetown' teapot. ‘Sprigs’ are a type of raised, low-relief decoration. They are made by pressing soft clay into a fired earthenware mould that has the reverse of the design modelled in intaglio (sunken relief). The mould is porous, and the clay shrinks as it dries out. Once removed, the sprig is applied to the teapot, using slip (liquid clay) as an adhesive.

The teapot is named after Elizabeth, Lady Templetown (1747–1823), a gifted amateur artist who designed relief decoration for Josiah Wedgwood in the 1780s. It was reissued in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s 250th anniversary. The subject of the reliefs is ‘domestic employment’.

Physical description

Sprig presentation plaque

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


2009 (made)


Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Black 'jasperware' with applied decoration

Object history note

Acquired direct from factory

Descriptive line

Presentation plaque showing sprig decoration from 'Lady Templetown' teapot, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, Ltd, 2009






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