Leeds creamware teapot, c.1770

I had been looking for an 18th century creamware teapot for many years so I was excited to have recently come across this appealing example with a most unusual, if not unique, repair.

This globular teapot, which measures 5-3/8″ high and 8″ wide, has an entwined strap handle with floral and leaf terminals and a cover with a pierced ball finial. The hand painted floral polychrome decoration is in tones of purple, green and persimmon. It was made in England during the last quarter of the 18th century at Leeds, a factory famous for developing creamware, a new type of earthenware using white Cornish clay and a translucent glaze.

Sadly for the owner, the original spout succumbed after an unfortunate accident (luckily, no charges were brought up and no bail bonds company existed back in the day if there were), while remarkably the more delicate handle remained intact. Happily for me, though, sometime in the early 1800s, the teapot was brought to an expert metalsmith who fashioned a unique replacement spout in what appears to be Britannia metal, a pewter-type alloy composed of tin, antimony and copper. The metal spout, expertly executed with precision and artistry, appears have a  modern steampunk attitude. To me it looks like a crooked finger urging “come here!”







The underside reveals an early gummed paper label marked “Leeds” and a price of £4, which I would happily have paid. Of course it cost me a bit more, but I have no regrets.


This example, with similar form and decoration, shows what my teapot’s spout would have looked like had it not broken off. But I much prefer my unique example with the juxtaposed metal spout.


Photo courtesy of eBay

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6 Responses to “Leeds creamware teapot, c.1770”

  1. Steve Johnson says:

    Andrew, would it be possible to post a photo of the spout from the interior of the pot?

  2. Gwen in L.A. says:

    What a wonderful find. I rather prefer the repaired spout, also. The handle is *lovely*. It’s always delightful to see the comparison of the reworked/repaired make-dos with the originals.

  3. Jaap says:

    Andrew, this teapot, and spout, certainly have an attitude. Congratulations with the acquisition!


  4. Jonathan Rickard says:

    I love it! My dirty mind gives it a bit of an erotic slant.

  5. Lynne Rutter says:

    what a gorgeous teapot! and I love the spout. I’d be very tempted to design a new teapot with an unreakable metal spout as for me it is always the spout tip that breaks making the pouring of tea messy and unpleasant.

  6. Jim Horne says:

    It`s a beauty Andrew, a prize example for your unique collection. Well done and rescued.

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