Mason, William (Mason, Cash & Co)

Teapots

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Artist

Mason, William (Mason, Cash & Co)

Title

Teapots

Date

About 1870s

Medium

English brown-glazed barge-ware pottery

Reference

CVCSC:0255.53.F

Collection

Marx-Lambert

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Giant teapots, some three feet high and with a miniature teapot forming the lid, were popular among canal boatmen in the late 19th century. They were often glazed dark brown, like traditional Rockingham teapots, richly decorated and often featuring a scroll with the names of a donor inscribed, as here. William Mason was a Derbyshire potter and his pieces are often referred to as Measham-ware, barge-ware or motto-ware. He was working during a period of industrialism, yet these teapots show the best qualities of Folk Art.

Mason, William (Mason, Cash & Co) Teapots About 1870s © Compton Verney

Mason, William (Mason, Cash & Co) Teapots About 1870s © Compton Verney