A black-glazed earthenware teapot with applied grapevine and tendril sprigs with two rosette flowers. The rosettes retain tiny traces of gold gilding. The handle and the spout are moulded in the crabstock style. The teapot stands on three moulded ‘paw’-type feet. Base is flat and fully glazed. The inside has a simple hand-pierced 6 hole strainer in roughly circular formation. The lid has applied vine leaves and a moulded flower finial. It is crudely pierced.
Generally referred to as Jackfield ware, but was called ‘Shining Black’ by the potters who made it (including Wedgwood and Whieldon). This teapot, like most so-called Jackfield ware, was probably made in Staffordshire rather than Jackfield in Shropshire.
Pot ID: AP/255
Dimensions: 118mm Highest to top of lid finial.
Net Weight (grams): 355
The end of the spout has been chipped off and carefully ground smooth at some time in the distant past so that it could still be used. There are a number of absolutely tiny fleabites in the glaze on the rim and elsewhere, as well as general glaze wear/scratches. Basically very good and without any cracks or restoration.