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Teapot and cover
  • Teapot and cover
    Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823
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Teapot and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    1785-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823 (designer)
    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper with green dip and applied reliefs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1152/&A-1885

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery, case 3 []

Object Type
This teapot is highly decorative and would probably have been used when entertaining. Tea was initially an expensive import from China, but became more widely drunk as prices fell during the 18th century.This teapot was made soon after import duties on tea were drastically reduced in 1784, after which the average retail price dropped by almost three shillings a pound. In 1785 Bohea, the most popular type of black (fermented) tea, cost about two shillings a pound, and green (unfermented) tea cost between three and five shillings. Within ten years of this legislation, figures for imports of tea had quadrupled.

Materials & Making
The teapot is so finely potted that the base is translucent. The high quality of the materials and hand finishing would have confined its use to wealthy customers. Attention to detail extends to the internal strainer at the base of the spout, which is dome-shaped and elaborately pierced.

Design & Designing
The figure composition was originally made in 'cut Indian paper' by Elizabeth, Lady Templetown, an amateur artist. Wedgwood reproduced 14 reliefs after her designs and acknowledged her 'exquisite taste' and 'charming groups' in the 1787 catalogue of his ornamental wares. He probably solicited designs from her hoping that they would appeal to female taste.

Physical description

Teapot and cover of green jasper-dip and applied reliefs.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)

Date

1785-1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Upton, Elizabeth Lady Templetown Viscountess Templetown, born 1747 - died 1823 (designer)
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Jasper with green dip and applied reliefs

Marks and inscriptions

'WEDGWOOD'
Impressed

Dimensions

Height: 12.7 cm

Descriptive line

Teapot and cover of green jasper-dip and applied reliefs, designed by Lady Elizabeth Templetown, made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd., Etruria, 1785-1790.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Reilly, R. Wedgwood. London : Macmillan, 1989. vol. I, 604 p.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Wedgwood's Jasper ware was a fine-grained stoneware. It could be stained a range of colours. These provided an attractive contrasting ground for his relief designs. The technical perfection of the material combined with the quality of its decoration ensured the success of Jasper. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Jasper ware

Techniques

Jasper dip; Relief

Subjects depicted

Children; Woman; Stripes; Flowers; Interlace; Sheep; Laurel; Tree; Foliated

Categories

British Galleries; Jasperware; Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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