Mayer was born in 1750 and died in 1813, and his pottery made “brown line” and basalt wares of very high quality, as testified to by this wonderful teapot. They are sometimes marked, but this teapot is not. Berthoud illustrates an almost matching caneware teapot as plate 448 in his “Anthology of British Teapots.” The appliques are the same and the overall shape is the same, but there is an additional band on Berthoud’s example. Outside, this teapot has a buff surface with no glaze, but it is glazed on the inside so the clay body wouldn’t affect the taste of the tea. The bottom edge of the spout has been ended out about a quarter of an inch (shown), and there is a kiln-related original crack to the inner flange. Otherwise, it is in superb condition with no damage and no stains. It is seven and a half inches long. Related wares were made by Spode, Wedgwood, Turner and many other pottery concerns.
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