A very rare dry-bodied (unglazed) black basalt teapot of oblong form. Moulded gadroons around shoulder (x34 each side) with fluted columns at each corner. The neck has daisy type flower chain moulding. The handle has leaf moulding at top. Spout is flat-backed with floral type scroll motif on lower front, it has a domed strainer with 21 holes.
There is a sprig (bas-relief) depicting the Duke of Wellington on horseback, horse facing to dexter, Wellington facing half to sinister, with sword held aloft. The sprig on the reverse shows the Trophies of War (a drum, shield, rifle, spear, helmet, flag with George Cross, canon, powder bag and canon balls). The drum also has a cursive script monogram ‘GR’ (Georgius Rex).
This teapot is apparently unrecorded. There is a very similar teapot shown in ‘An Anthology of British Teapots’, Miller (1985), p.232, pl.1389, which is unmarked, with 31 gadroons on each side of shoulder. Another, marked EASTWOOD which has 29 gadroons, is in ‘A Directory of British Teapots’, p.227, pls. 1357 and 1358. Diana Edwards shows a cream jug in ‘Black Basalt’, (1994), p.115, fig.139 which is also marked EASTWOOD with the same sprigs.
The maker of this teapot remains unknown but it is certainly English, presumably made circa 1815 to celebrate Wellington’s victory over Napoleon in 1815 at the battle of Waterloo. Unmarked.
119.5mm high (to top of handle).
The lid is missing. There is a hairline across the upper handle terminal which has had glue forced into it, however the handle does not appear to have been off. The end of the spout has been ground flat. A small shallow chip on rim (obverse side). Minor nibbles on inner rim.