Staffordshire Pearlware Teapot and Cover with Inlaid Agate Surface,
Attributed to the Ralph Wood Family,
The squat oval pearlware pottery teapot has a recumbent Spaniel as the finial. The teapot body with a rare inlaid agate surface. The spout with moulded leaves and the handle is reeded and with a large moulded leaf to the top and bottom.
While the teapot is not marked, Jonathan Richard (see below) mentions that a marked example is known with the impressed mark R A Wood, Burslem. Rickard mentions that this surface was possibly what was referred to as " Terra Tersia" in an auction notice in 1794 of the contents of Ralph Wedgwood's London warehouse. It was also referred to as tessellated, granite, mosaic, and other terms depending on the maker.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, Property from the Collection of the Late Sister Parish, September 29, 1995, Lot 40.
Reference: "Mocha and Related dipped wares, 1770-1939", Jonathan Rickard, page 30, Fig 41, for a very similar teapot with spaniel dog finial but without moulded spout.
See also " An English Pottery Heritage, Part Two, The Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of Earthenware & Stoneware 1630-1800", Page 837, # 375, a coffee pot with similar decoration.
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|Measurements||5 inches high x 9 inches wide x 4 3/4 inches deep. (12.7cm x 22.86cm x 12.07cm)|
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