English Inlaid Agate Mocha Ware Mochaware Teapot w/ Make-Do & Pearlware Glaze, c. 1780
An English Inlaid Agate Mocha Ware Teapot w/ a make-do finial, dating c. 1780. About as early a piece of mocha ware as you will find, the classic form teapot is about 8 ¼" from handle to spout and about 4 3/8" to the top of the handle. There are 2 bands of molded decoration around body of the teapot, a low collar, molded decoration in the lid and a pulled handle. The finial is a pewter make-do and there is a very old staple repair at the top of the handle where it joins the body. In addition to the make-do repairs, the teapot has numerous other flaws that come with its age: the tip of the spout has come chipping (but the spout itself is in tact), there are a couple of small chips around the collar, some shallow chipping and roughness along the bottom edge and a `v-shaped' line on the lid (that does not got through to the underside, along with numerous edge chips on the lid. There are also some glaze chips on the bottom. Amazingly, the inlaid agate and the molded bands around the body of the teapot do not show any damage.
A rare survivor and I guess we are all allowed to have these bumps and bangs when we approach our 225th birthday! A very similar teapot is pictured on p. 10 of Jonathan Rickard's book Mocha and Related Dipped Wares, 1790-1939, and in fact, this teapot was purchased from Mr. Rickard's private collection about 10 years ago.