This is a rather unique offer: a teapot and stand made by Swansea around 1815, and an original part of the collection of the famous Sir Leslie Joseph. You can see a picture of this very teapot in his book "Swansea Porcelain Shapes ad Decoration" on page 74.


The Swansea pottery became famous in the early 19th Century under the leadership of porcelain pioneers Lewis Weston Dillwyn and William Billingsley for its extremely high quality of Welsh porcelain, made with locally sourced clay. Creating this porcelain was unprofitable business; although it was among some of the most beautiful porcelains ever made (and Dillwyn and Billingsley were obsessed with developing this Welsh porcelain), its volatile character meant that wastage in the kiln could be up to 90% and the both the Swansea pottery and its competitor Nantgarw had to struggle through various periods of optimism of improvements and financial ruin. Ultimately, both potteries had to close their doors, but their legacy is extraordinary, not only in the quality of porcelain but also the very talented painters they attracted. Many of these painters would go on to other British potteries to teach others the uniquely beautiful art of flower painting that had been developed in these Welsh potteries.


Swansea was little-known until Sir Leslie Joseph decided to dedicate his life to the research and recording of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelains, fitting his large mansion with display shelves around all walls and writing several books that are now the leading reference works. As I said, this very teapot can be seen in his main reference book on Swansea. 


Due to the relatively short time of successful operation and the high kiln wastage and therefore rather small output, Swansea items today are extremely rare and hard to get - they are true collectors' items. 


This teapot has a beautiful rectangular shape and a pleasing body. The lid is slightly reclining, giving the pot more grace. The handle has a good thumb rest, making it easy to pick the pot up, and a nice ring around the bottom part. The spout is very gracious as well - the design of this pot is a great example of the genius of Swansea porcelain. The teapot and stand are decorated with a fine pattern of gilt and little blue cornflowers.


This teapot and stand would make a beautiful display and would make a fabulous addition to a Swansea collection - particularly knowing that this was one of the pots that Sir Leslie Joseph owned and used to study Swansea porcelain.


CONDITION REPORT The teapot is in excellent antique condition. The body is not crazed and rings nicely when tapped. The only sign of age, apart from some very light rubbing of the gilt, is a crack at the tip of the spout. This seems to be an old and stable crack - it is clearly visible on the pictures. There are some small surface crazing lines on the top of the handle, see close up picture. The inside of the pot is clean and the grill is, although used, in good condition with no cracks. There is no further crazing at all. The teapot stand is in excellent condition without any damage, but it has some more rubbing, as can be expected from a teapot stand. The colour of the porcelain is wonderfully white and translucent; a beautiful undamaged example of Swansea porcelain.


Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. Apart from the stress crack mentioned before, you might see some underglaze specks here and there.


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.


There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS  the teapot stands 14.2cm (5 5/8") high incl. finial, and measures 24.8cm (9 3/4") from handle to spout. The stand is 14.9cm (5 7/8") X 18.2cm (7 3/8").


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Rare teapot, Swansea coll.Sir Leslie Joseph, ca1815

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