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Staffordshire barrel-shaped redware small teapot and cover, circa 1770, with straight tapering spout and loop handle, the rounded body with mould-applied decoration consisting of four main sprigs of ladies, a central symmetrical diamond-form motif of floral scrolls, the rim with scrolling leafy garlands and trellis knots, the lid with three further scrolling motifs 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 on this example), developed their own innovative techniques and distinctive styles.
See Rackham, Bernard, ‘Early Staffordshire Pottery’, London: Faber and Faber, 1951.