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Teapot: C.35 & A-2015

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Probably Unidentified Yorkshire Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)
Leeds Decorating Workshop (Decorator)

Description

Creamware painted in red and black enamels with a lady beside a tomb, inscribed 'Solitude/is my/Choice'

Dark cream-coloured earthenware, with applied handle and moulded spout, knob, and terminals, and rouletted borders, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red and black enamels. The cylindrical body has horizontal bands of rope-like rouletting round the base, shoulder and neck. The spout is moulded in relief with a sprays of foliage and with leaves round its junction with the body. Inside there are seven pierced holes to emit the tea. The two entwined double twist handles have flower and leaf terminals. The domed cover has a ventilation hole, and a band of rouletting round the edge. The applied knob is in the shape of a convolvulus flower with a small flower head and leaf terminal behind it, and a leaf with small flowers in front of it. One side of the pot is decorated in black and red with a bird flying towards a lady seated pensively beside a tomb on which are the words 'Solitude/is my/Choice' , On the other side there are Italianate buildings in a landscape with two trees. The shoulder has four sprays of stylized flowers and foliage. The termals of the handle are painted in blue, green, and yellow. The cover is decorated with similar buildings and schematic flying birds. The knob and its terminals are painted to match those on the handle.

Notes

History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; ; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January); Lady Batchelor, died 2014

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm
Length: 19.7 cm

Relative size of this object

19.7 cm13 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady

Dating

3rd quarter 18th Century
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1780 CE

Note

The enamelled decoration on this pot is characteristic of the work of the Leeds decorating workshop which between 1769-77 was run by Jasper Robinson.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, black) Body Diameter 10 cm
Spout Terminals

Materials used in production

dark cream Earthenware Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Solitude/is my/Choice
  • Location: On one side
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 69
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201599
Old object number: 69
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.36 & A-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 2 June 2015 Updated: Wednesday 27 March 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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