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Teapot and cover

Teapot and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1810 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pearlware, with slip-cast body and spout and press-moulded strap handle, painted in high temperature colours ('Prattware')

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by M.G.A. Graham

  • Museum number:

    C.74A-1952

  • Gallery location:

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

The design on this teapot, which shows a dancing female figure in classical dress on each side holding respectively a swag of flowers and a cloth full of fruit, probably represents Summer and Autumn. It is perhaps based on a popular design by John Flaxman jr (1755-1926) for Wedgwood in 1775, known as the 'Dancing Hours'.

This teapot is in the style and technique known as Prattware; cream coloured erathenware or peralware painted in high-temperature colours under a lead glaze. Prattware was made from about 1785-1840.

Physical description

Teapot and cover waved oval in section, with straight sides and domed cover surmounted by a figure of a swan in the round: straight foliate and fluted spout, foliate and fluted ribbon handle. In rectangular panels on each side, a dancing nymph in classical dress, holding respectively a swag of flowers and a cloth full of fruit. Below the panels, triangular leaves; to each side, three vertical flutes edged in blue. Foliate borders in relief on shoulder and cover.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1790-1810 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pearlware, with slip-cast body and spout and press-moulded strap handle, painted in high temperature colours ('Prattware')

Marks and inscriptions

unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 15.9 cm

Descriptive line

Teapot and cover with swan finial, Prattware, Staffordshire, about 1790-1810.

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Slip-casting; Moulding; Painting

Subjects depicted

Summer; Nymph; Swan; Autumn

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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