A creamware Teapot, probably Yorkshire, circa 1775
This small lead-glazed creamware teapot is painted with a large leafy flower spray in iron-red, green, yellow and black enamels. The design is repeated on the reverse. With its prominent red rose, many variations of this pattern are found on creamware of this period and it is sometimes referred to by collectors as the King’s Rose pattern.
Double entwined reeded handles with moulded flowerhead terminals, such as that of the present example, are closely associated with Yorkshire manufacturers of creamware, not least of all Leeds Pottery.
The strainer to the simple spout has nine holes.
Condition: The cover is lacking and there are small chips around the raised outer rim to the opening. There is a small chip to the tip of the spout and a chip to the underside of the entwined handle. The side of the spout has a ‘kiln touch’ which occurred during the firing process, when the glaze was still wet. There is also a small glaze fault to the inner foot rim which was probably caused by the removal of kiln furniture after firing. There is expected wear and scratching to the enamels, a small patch of typical crazing to the inside, and a minute patch of staining beside where the spout joins the body. No restoration.
Dimensions: Height 8.5 cm
The Leeds Pottery, 1770-1881, Vol. I, John D. Griffin (The Leeds Art Collections Fund, 2005).
A Collector’s History of English Pottery, Griselda Lewis (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1987).
English Pottery and Porcelain, Geoffrey Wills (Guinness, 1969).