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Teapot: C.114 & A-1950

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Maker(s)

Possibly Wedgwood, Aaron (Factory)

Description

White stoneware coated with blue dip, and salt-glazed; ‘Littler-Wedgwood blue’ ware

White stoneware, the body thrown, with moulded handle, spout and cover, coated overall with blue dip, and salt-glazed. Globular body with crabstock handle and spout, and slightly convex circular cover with a crabstock handle, arching over the ventilation hole. The interior was left white but has some streaks and speckles of blue.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W. D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W. D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
15.9

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Place(s) associated

  • Brownhills ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1765 CE

Note

This teapot is belongs to a group of white salt-glazed stoneware which is known as 'Littler-Wedgwood blue'. They are coated entirely or partly with a bright blue colour resembling a glaze, but probably a fusible dip or slip containing cobalt applied before salt-glazing. The term derives from an account written by William Pitt, in his 'A Topographical History of Staffordshire', (Newcastle-under-Lyme), 1817, and repeated by Simeon Shaw in his ‘History of the Staffordshire Potteries’, (Hanley), 1829, who stated that William Littler and his brother-in-law, Aaron Wedgwood, 'first introduced a compound of very fusible materials - of certain proportions of ground zaffre with the flint and the clay that composed the body of the pottery; mixed with a determined quantity of water, and varied for the different kind of articles. Into this liquid the vessels dipped, while in the state of clay very little dried, and absorbing the water, received a very thin coating of the materials in solution, which when dried and fired in the salt-glaze oven, appeared of a fine glossy surface . . .' Both men were salt-glaze potters in the late 1740s, but from 1751 Littler moved to Longton Hall to make porcelain. Several documents of the 1750s refer to the sale of blue ware. See Mountford, 1971, and Edwards and Hampson, 2005. It is possible that this teapot could have been made at Aaron Wedgwood's factory.

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Decoration composed of dip Base Diameter 6.2 cm
Body Handles Spout Surface

Materials used in production

white Stoneware Salt-glaze

Techniques used in production

Dipping

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.114 & A-1950
Primary reference Number: 76354
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 March 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 March 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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