Antique double-spouted English agateware teapot. An unusual and striking double-spouted agateware teapot with yellow slip-glazed dedication. On one side is: “Mrs Jacob Bury”; on the other is: “Sep 17 1901”. The interior has a plain brown glaze with strainer holes. Perfect for a collector of unusual and seldom seen ceramics.
Height: 8″ (20 cm)
Width from spout to handle: 9″ (23 cm)
There is a pea sized chip on the interior rim of the lid not visible from the outside. Minor flaking around the exterior rim. Some inconsistencies in the glaze which took place during manufacturing. These are not considered damage. Minor crazing on the body and spout. In overall very good condition for its age.
Earthenware made with a mixture of clays, either naturally coloured or stained with different colours, which resembles the striped gemstone, agateware, in appearance. Unlike surface marbling with coloured stripes, agateware has striations throughout the body. In England, agateware was known in Roman times and revived in Staffordshire by the mid-19th century. The ware was normally shaped in moulds until the late 19th century, when more plastic clay mixtures allowed wheel throwing. The colours blended on the surface, but were scraped after throwing to expose the variations in body colour before polishing and glazing.
*Cameron, Elizabeth (1986) Encyclopedia of Pottery and Porcelain 1800-1960. New York, NY, Oxford, England: Cameron Books
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