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Teapot and cover

Teapot and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (possibly, made)
    Yorkshire (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black Basalt, slip-cast body with applied and moulded decoration, and press-moulded spout and handle

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This teapot has been constructed using a number of different techniques. The body has been slip-cast, which involves pouring liquid clay into a mould, which is then allowed to set before firing. Slip-casting can achieve fine or detailed shapes. The extra detail around the body, such as the figures, have been moulded and applied and the spout and handle have been press-moulded.

Black basalt is a hard black vitreous stoneware, named after the volcanic rock basalt. It was manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood from about 1768 and other manufacturers soon followed. Black basalt does not need to be glazed and can just be polished to a dull sheen.

Physical description

Teapot and cover of black basalt ware. In the form of a ten-sided building with Ionic columns and two doors outside which are a figure of a man and a woman respectively, in eighteenth century costume, and the latter is holding out a crown on a cushion.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (possibly, made)
Yorkshire (possibly, made)


ca. 1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Black Basalt, slip-cast body with applied and moulded decoration, and press-moulded spout and handle


Height: 15.9 cm, Width: 24.8 cm

Descriptive line

Teapot and cover of black basalt ware with applied and moulded decoration, possibly Staffordshire or Yorkshire, ca. 1810.

Labels and date

Made in StaffordshireYorkshire, about 1810
Black Basalt with applied and moulded decoration

4022&A-1901 Jermyn Street Collection [23/05/2008]


Black basalt; Slip


Moulded; Slip-casting

Subjects depicted

Woman; Architecture; Crown; Man; Cushion




Ceramics Collection

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