This is a genuine Wedgwood Jasperware teapot, made in 1921. It serves about 1 pint, or 4 cups. The teapot is a fabulous example of this very famous series, depicting Neoclassical scenes.

 

Wedgwood is one of the original great potteries of Staffordshire in England. While Spode, Minton, Davenport and others were always experimenting with new styles and materials, Wedgwood was known for sticking to tradition and still produces great tableware today. Their designs may not always be the most forward thinking, but they are iconic the world over and always of great quality.

 

Jasperware is probably Wedgwood's most famous line of tableware. It is unglazed, or bisque, china with either this dark blue, or the iconic fresh powder blue colour. Applied to it are white reliefs of Neoclassical scenes. There are many items in this series and all are different depending on the year they were made, as Wedgwood frequently changed their scenes. The white applications have been made with extraordinary detail. Wedgwood started making these designs in the early 19th Century when there was a rediscovery of the Classical works from Greece and Rome and this caused a fashion in Neoclassical designs. Here you can see several women, children, a lamb, and it looks like Eros is up to no good, possibly the reason one of the women is crying.

 

Jasperware is too heavy to create thin shapes in, so items must be sturdy in shape in order to prevent them from breaking. This pot is very graceful, smooth and rather heavy. 

 

The teapot is glazed on the inside so that the tea will not stain it. It serves about 1 pint, or 4 cups.

 

There is a large number of fake Jasperware items around. This pot carries genuine Wedgwood imprinted stamps at the bottom, and a year number of 1921.


CONDITION REPORT The teapot is in excellent condition without any damage, crazing or repairs and virtually no wear. There are some tiny breaks in the applied white figures; this happened during production and should not be seen as wear.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration 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 easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS Teapots stands 12cm (4.75") tall incl. cover; 14.5cm (5.75") wide; 21.5cm (8.5") spout to handle.

Wedgwood dark blue Jasperware teapot 1 pint, Neoclassical 1921

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