Elaborate shapes for teapots were the rage in England around 1810-1820, when this delightful example was made. One almost expects to see a figure of Bacchus himself astride the wine barrel, though one might legitimately ask why a wine barrel was thought to be an appropriate shape for a container intended for tea! It is marked underneath with an impressed “C,” which might indicate the Cyples factory. (This shape of teapot has also been found unmarked, or marked with a “W.”) Condition is excellent, with only a couple of repaired chips to the underside of the lid. The handle has been very neatly reattached, almost invisibly. It is eight inches long and five and one-quarter inches tall and begs to be held and appreciated from all sides. The Cyples factory was a family concern, potting in Market Street, Lane End, and started about the same time Josiah Wedgwood started his pottery. The family was known as a maker of “Egyptian Black” (that is, black basalt) as early as 1787. Another option is the Chetham & Woolley factory, but their wares are not known to have been marked at all.


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ITEM ID
T190
TYPE
Pottery
COLOR
Black
PURPOSE
Teapots
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Black Basalt Wine Barrel-Shaped Teapot C1815

$375

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