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teapot / tea-set / sugar-bowl / milk-jug

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1909,1201.108

  • Description

    Tea-set, unglazed red stoneware, comprising teapot with cover, sugar bowl with cover and a milk jug, each glazed inside (lids unglazed inside); with openwork silver overlay and silver knops, marks on both stoneware and silver.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1840-1845 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.5 centimetres (Teapot (with cover, to top of finial))
    • Width: 17.4 centimetres (Teapot (incl. spout and handle))
    • Height: 8.4 centimetres (Sugar bowl (with cover, to top of finial))
    • Height: 6.8 centimetres (Sugar bowl (without cover))
    • Width: 13.8 centimetres (Sugar bowl (incl. handles))
    • Height: 12 centimetres (Milk jug)
    • Width: 10.7 centimetres (Milk jug (incl. spout and handle))
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        base of milk jug
      • Inscription Content

        WEDGWOOD
      • Inscription Comment

        impressed
      • Inscription Type

        hallmark
      • Inscription Position

        mounts on teapot and milk jug
      • Inscription Content

        London hallmark for 1839-40 and maker's mark IF probably for John Figg
      • Inscription Type

        hallmark
      • Inscription Position

        mount on sugar bowl
      • Inscription Content

        London hallmark for 1843 and maker's mark WC possibly for William Cooper
      • Inscription Comment

        Cooper is listed by Grimwade 1990, no. 3074 as a plateworker who entered his mark in 1833
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        sugar bowl
      • Inscription Content

        WEDGWOOD ETRURIA
      • Inscription Comment

        impressed; probably also on teapot but hidden by an inscribed paper label
  • Curator's comments

    Dawson 1984
    This tea-set, consisting of a teapot and cover, a sugar bowl and cover and a milk jug, dates from the late 1840s. Although red ware used for a new range in 1859 has been called 'little better than "kitchen ware" ', the silver mounts and the historic associations attached to these pieces make them worthy of more than just passing attention. The mounts are in the Revived Rococo style of the 1840s, characterised by the curves and love of asymmetry associated with the 1750s and 60s. The two covers have carefully worked silver rosebud finials. The pieces have long been associated with Queen Adelaide (1792-1849), the wife of William IV. In 1856, not long after the Queen's death, they belonged to Isaac Falcke, and were exhibited by him at the Crystal Palace Exhibition. They were mentioned in 'The Art Journal' for that year as amongst the "conspicuous objects exhibited in the Ceramic Court", and their former royal ownership was alluded to. However, at the time of writing no trace has been found of this terracotta tea-service in the Royal Archive at Windsor.

    The mounts are saw-pierced, rivetted on and drilled through the body of each piece. The stoneware knops have been removed and replaced with chased silver knops, which may be stock items. The hallmarks have been stamped on over the chasing. All are immediately visible.

    Another piece with silver mounts was recorded in the Shulman Collection, USA (present whereabouts and details unknown).

    For a red ware flagon and stand with silver-plated mounts by W.G. Sissons of Chester, see M. Batkin, 'Wedgwood Ceramics' 1846-1959, 1982, p. 26, pl. 25. In fact Sissons is not listed as a Chester silversmith, but the large firm of W,G, Sisssons was operating in London (see Culme 1987, p.419)

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  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 92 bibliographic details
    • Dawson 1984 p. 138-9; p. 140, fig. 102-3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects’ 2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1909

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1909,1201.108

Milk jug, sugar bowl and cover and teapot and cover; red earthenware; with silver mounts.

Group of Objects

Milk jug, sugar bowl and cover and teapot and cover; red earthenware; with silver mounts.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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