This outsized teapot (or perhaps a punchpot) has a fascinating history. Wildsworth is the name of a village in Lincolnshire, England, an area where members of the Wildbere family have lived for many years, and still do—and this teapot is evidence that they were there in 1798. The verse is clear, if not the equal of Shakespeare: “Steal not this pot, For fear of shame, For here you see, The owner’s name. A. Wildbere Wildsworth 1798.” One can imagine this huge teapot sitting in Mr. Wildbere’s retail store as an advertising display piece. Or perhaps in the Wildbere rooming house, where it may have been used at supper, although it is in near perfect shape, with no damage except that the spherical finial has been neatly reattached. Typical crackling to the glaze. The reverse holds a bold display of flowers. It stands eight inches high, compared to a typical teapot height of about five inches. A magnificent example of 18th century English pearlware and splendid on display.
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