CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Kent Life today CLICK HERE

Antique of the Month

PUBLISHED: 17:51 16 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:51 16 February 2014

Rare 18th-century teapot

Rare 18th-century teapot

Archant

Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries unwraps three mid-18th century teapots

They arrived like so many of the objects sent to us for sale, wrapped in newspaper among a jumble of pieces of pottery and porcelain, most of which was of little consequence. The exceptions were three mid-18th century teapots, the quality of which was unmistakeable.

Two were rare examples of painted creamware, a glazed earthenware developed by Josiah Wedgwood, the father of English ceramics, in about 1760. Probably by William Greatbatch (1735-1813), another great Staffordshire potter, one was decorated with a scene of Aurora, goddess of the dawn, in her chariot, and, appropriately, the sun rising behind a landscape, the other with The Fortune Teller and The XII Houses of Heaven.

Recognising their quality, they were estimated at £300-500, but we were surprised when they sold for £880 as each was badly damaged, but we were delighted when the third teapot sold for £1,650.

Probably by Thomas and John Wedgwood, sons of the great Josiah, and made in about 1755-1760, the salt-glazed teapot was finely enamelled with oriental figures in a landscape, reflecting Europe’s growing fascination with the East. For Wedgwood, best known for its blue and white pottery, the piece also represents perhaps the potter’s best efforts to emulate the perfection of Chinese porcelain.

For sellers, its success underlines how important it is to seek help before disposing of unwanted antiques and works of art. Free expert advice from us is a phone call away: please call Chris Wacker on 01227 763337.

M

0 comments

More from Out & About

From Napoleonic forts and wartime shelters to ancient chalk mines, we explore some of Kent’s underground visitor attractions

Read more
Yesterday, 15:10

Wandering through a festive market with mulled wine in hand is one of the pleasures of the season, so we have picked some of Kent’s best Christmas markets to do just that

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Steam trains, vineyards, tea rooms and a surprising maritime history. We take a look at all this and more on offer in tempting Tenterden

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Being so rich in history, it is hardly surprising that Kent is also a hub for hauntings and ghostly activity. We have gathered 9 of the spookiest locations in Kent to visit if you dare!

Read more

It may have been swallowed up by Greater London, but it still feels more like an idyllic Kentish village

Read more
October 2018

A small town with a friendly, village feel, West Malling is the perfect combination of old and new

Read more
October 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018

There’s still time to enjoy the autumn season with its plentiful harvests, half-term fun and glorious colours

Read more
October 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Explore the fascinating 600-year-old buildings and architecture of Cranbrook which was once an important centre for textiles

Read more

A popular choice for commuters, Sevenoaks has history, culture, a thriving high street and a reputation for being one of the best places to live in the country

Read more
September 2018

Known respectively as the Capital of the Weald and the Crossroads of the Weald, rural treasures Cranbrook and Hawkhurst are the closest of neighbours

Read more
September 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
Kent Life Food & Drink awards 2016. Open for entries.

Latest Competitions & Offers

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search