A very rare Staffordshire white salt-glaze stoneware teapot. Slip-cast moulded in cubic form with an applied press-mould square pedestal foot.
The upper and lower body as well as main body panels have moulded Greek key and infinity type symbols. The centre of each body panel also has a moulded shell type emblem.
The handle is a hand-rolled coil type with a saw-tooth lower terminal (an early and rare feature), whilst the top of the handle has the distinctive ‘natching’ that has been associated with John and Thomas Wedgwood of the Big House, Burslem because of the entry in their crate-books in the 1740s (see Edwards (2005), Mountford (1971), Emmerson (1992), Blacker (1922), Berthoud (2006) etc.).
The spout is asymmetrical with figural moulding of a human face on lower reverse, with the spout itself forming a human arm which has a serpent/snake coiled around it with the spout mouth forming the mouth of the serpent. A small snake is on the obverse side. There is a simple hand-pierced 4 hole strainer cut in square formation.
I cannot find an exact match published in the literature though there are several similar variations to be found (see above for references). The handle with the saw-tooth terminal is particularly rare on any early white salt-glazed stoneware.
Made in Staffordshire c.1740-1750.
109 mm high to top of rim. 175 mm longest.
Lid is missing. A crack on reverse side which has discoloured, it forks slightly at lower corner of body (this crack appears to have been stabilised with adhesive). A tiny hairline across the saw-tooth terminal (not the handle). A short tight hairline from rim on obverse side. A glazed-over small chip on foot rim (reverse).