Here is a large teapot molded all over as a tree stump with a grapevine growing around it, showing clusters of grapes, leaves and bark on the surface. The lid continues this motif, with a woodlands-appropriate snail finial (!), and the handle is fashioned as a curving grape vine, the spout as a bent branch. Everything is sculpted. The glaze is almost perfectly clear and very thin, but there is a very, very slight bluish tint. It is very similar to a teapot that Enoch Wood sent in 1835 to the king of Saxony in Dresden for the state collection. That teapot (missing its lid) is illustrated on page 135 of the Burnap Collection book by Taggart. Wood sent off 182 pieces from his collection of antiques representing early Staffordshire wares. Another similar teapot and cover in the Thomas Greg Collection in Manchester is illustrated in The Incomparable Art, fig. 184, and in ECC Transactions, vol. 8, part 1, pl. 55b, where it is suggested it was made by Robert Garner of Fenton. Both these teapots have similar but not exactly matching molded details, though they look identical at first glance. In my opinion, this teapot is a close copy by another and somewhat later potter, and I date it (as a guess) around 1770. It is five and one-eighth inches high, seven and three-quarters inches long. There is a repaired chip on the lid under the steam vent, now changing color. A nearly invisible hairline about two inches long overlaps the bottom edge on one side, and there are several light surface abrasions. No other issues.

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Ceramics, Decorative, Faience, Pottery, Staffordshire, Stoneware, Unmarked
Folk Art, George II , Revival
England • English

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Staffordshire Pearlware Teapot in Tree Stump Form C.1770 Antique 18th Century


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