Tea services in this understated pattern are shown in a number of reference books on Bristol, and the same design was used for an armorial service created for a member of the Pitt family, with the addition of the Pitt family crest. The body of the teapot is an excellent example of what is called “wreathing,” a feature common on Bristol pieces and related to the process of throwing the porcelain on the potter’s wheel. Wreathing is a pattern of faint channels spiraling up (wreathing around) the circumference of the pot. This teapot has Bristol’s distinctive ear-shaped handle and has Bristol factory marks in blue, with the seven-inch dish having an additional painter’s tally mark of the number three. The decoration of two shades of orange with added gilded accents and flower sprigs is in great condition, though rather sparse compared to other Bristol patterns, which can get pretty elaborate. Both pieces look great, but note that the finial is a metal replacement, there is a small chip on the opening for the lid, and a very tiny abrasion on the end of the spout. The inside flange of the lid also has a small chip. The dish or bowl, which is not a teapot stand but another piece from the same service and I believe in keeping remnants of a service together when possible, has some small rim abrasions that occurred during manufacture and were gilded over at the factory.

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18th Century
Dishes, Teapots

Laureate Antiques

Antique and Rare Bristol 18th Century Porcelain Teapot and Dish in the Pattern used for the Pitt Service c.1775.


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