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Staffordshire cylindrical redware small teapot and cover, circa 1770, with straight tapering spout and loop handle, the body with mould-applied decoration consisting of two panels of swagged floral scroll containing figures in the chinoiserie style, the lid with further foliate scroll and surmounted by a finial, the base impressed with a pseudo-Chinese mark
Amongst the many European craftspeople who migrated to England upon the accession of Mary and William of Orange were the Dutch Elers brothers, John and David. Silversmiths by trade they turned to pottery, and set up in Staffordshire, producing a variation of the redware style which had been developed in the Netherlands in the late seventeenth century. Though redware had initially developed in imitation of imported Chinese Yixing teapots, English manufactories, while retaining stylistic references to China (see the pseudo Chinese-seal and Chinoiserie figures on this example), developed their own innovative techniques and distinctive styles.