Tea  with a collector

The mid-18th century was a period of fantastic creativity for the Staffordshire potteries and their popular novelty teapots.  

  
This finely press-molded, salt-glazed Staffordshire teapot dates from circa 1755.  Although the house is three stories high, the pot is just 5.4 inches tall, the typical size of pots during this period.  It is, however, an unusual and distinctive piece, which would certainly appeal to a collector of historic tea wares- whether they could bear to use it or would simply gaze at it would be a difficult decision.  The pot boasts the British Royal Coat of Arms above the door on one side, and on the other, a rampant lion with a hand reaching up the side of the serpent-shaped spout.  

Salt-glazed pottery is stoneware with a glossy texture created by throwing salt into the kiln while firing at a high temperature.  It was particularly popular in America, though quantities were also imported from Britain.

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