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Post by Beege on Mon May 06, 2019 3:00 pm

Hallo all.

I own this rather nice teapot, which I initially thought looked very oriental. However, the sheaf of corn on the lid and what appears to be a tiny number on the base dispelled this thought. However, I do not yet know its origins.

Does anybody recognise the maker/date of this teapot? The 'signature' on the base appears to be the number 47. The teapot is 17cm wide and 8.5cm tall (including lid).

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Jack.

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Post by denbydump on Mon May 06, 2019 3:19 pm

Looks like 19th C Creamware.
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Post by Beege on Mon May 06, 2019 3:39 pm

Thank you denbydump, you gave me just enough of a clue to look further.

I found a similar Tea Pot on the internet with the description 'Wedgwood 19th Century Basket Weave Stoneware Tea Pot with Sheaf of Wheat Finial.

If this is Wedgwood, I would have thought it would be stated somewhere on the pot, but this may just be my ignorance.Thoughts?

Jack.'
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Post by NaomiM on Mon May 06, 2019 3:59 pm

I had one of the Wedgwood one that looked very similar. It's possible its a 19thC copy or the clay was too dry for the stamp

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Post by Beege on Mon May 06, 2019 4:53 pm

Hi Naomi.
It looks well made...quite detailed (corn design around the spout and where the handle connects). No damage whatsoever on the tea pot and a tiny slither of a chip on the inside rim of the lid. I might have to 'dig deeper' to understand what the text (47) refers to and to see if there are other examples without the Wedgwood stamp.
Its interesting...
Jack.
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Post by NaomiM on Tue May 07, 2019 1:42 am

I think it’s feldspathic stoneware.

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Post by janetpjohn on Tue May 07, 2019 4:34 am

The lid looks a little different from the Wedgwood examples I found--a bit more domed, and the others don't have that raised circle around the wheat sheaf. Nitpicky, I know.
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Post by Beege on Tue May 07, 2019 9:36 am

Hi Naomi. Feldspathic (Felspathic) is a word I was unaware of, but I've looked it up and now understand it to describe (possibly) translucent non-porcelain ware from the late C18 and early C19. There are a number of potential producers (Turner and Lakin are strong possibilities) of these wares and my teapot, if this is Feldspathic, would have been inspired by Wedgwood. This is really interesting...I wonder how one verifies such a thing. Presumably the number on the base (47) is the key...but its not much of a clue!

Hi janetpjohn. Thank you for your comments...not nitpicking at all. I also noticed the dome of the lid and the circle around the wheat sheaf. I also noticed the number of rings of the pattern (from the wheat sheaf to the lid rim) only total 4, whereas the Wedgwood examples have more. So I think the argument for this not being Wedgwood grows.

Thank you bot,
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Post by Beege on Tue May 07, 2019 10:15 am

That was meant to say...Thank you both!!
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Post by NaomiM on Tue May 07, 2019 3:36 pm

Just looking through a few of these basket or cane weave Wedgwood teapots where they’ve given various dates of 1886 or 1810, ‘smearglazed’ white stoneware - not a glaze term I’ve come across before. They also come in yellow and terracotta

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Post by Beege on Tue May 07, 2019 6:00 pm

Hmmm...interesting Naomi.
I have found a description of smear glaze on the Fitzwilliam Museum site  which states "This was not salt-glaze, but lead-glaze smeared on the inside of the saggars, so that it volatilised during firing, leaving a thin coating on the vessels." This process seems to have been started early in the C18. The same site has a teapot very similar to mine, but by Wedgwood.
With regards to who made my teapot, I have noticed a feldspathic teapot on the Paul Bohanna Antiques site which simple has the number 22 on the base: this was made by Sowter & Co. However, whether this can be extrapolated to imply mine is my Sowter is questionable; so the quest continues.
Thank you for your help with this
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Post by Beege on Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:37 pm

Hallo all.
Just a follow up if anybody is interested.
Wedgwood thought it unlikely to be made by them without the Wedgwood stamp on it. I did contact the Fitzwilliam Museum but they were also unable to identify another example of this teapot. However, they kindly suggested The Potteries Museum (who can only respond concerning items in their collection) and the Northern Ceramics Society (who could not put the question to their members unless I am a member - I'll look into this).
So...the mystery continues...unless any of you have more ideas.
Regards
Jack
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