A smart pair of matching Jackfield type pieces in the characteristic lustrous black glaze, dating from the late 18th or early 19th century. The low ovoid bodies are ribbed below the midline, while the upper half consists of raised floral relief decoration. The design is echoed on the teapot cover, which features a finial in the form of a full-blown rose. The handles are a graceful scrollwork design.
These pieces are in very good condition, but the inside rim of the cover has a couple of flakes that reveal the dense gray/purplish-black earthenware body. Although associated with the town of Jackfield in Shropshire, this ware was also commonly produced by the Staffordshire potteries. Most popular in the 1750's and 60's, it continued to be made in smaller amounts into the 19th century.
Dimensions: Teapot 3.5" height to top of finial, body 4.75" diameter, maximum width 7.5" including handle and spout. Cream jug 2.5" height, body 3.75" diameter, maximum width 5.75" including handle and spout.
Condition: Aside from a few pinpoint glaze flaws and a couple of spots of frit from the manufacture, the teapot and cream jug are perfect, with no chips, flakes, cracks or repairs. The teapot cover has two flakes on the interior rim (see photo 6 at 11 and 2 o'clock positions)