Saturday, October 17, 2009

Staffordshire Coffee Pot with Cover, Marbled

21. England, Staffordshire Pottery, Coffee pot and cover, marbled earthenware, 1760-70.
Agate ware is made by wedging together clays of different colours to produce a variegated slab that resembles hard stones (i.e. agate). Manganese, iron and cobalt were added to white clay to produce the colour. Table wares like this were generally lead-glazed to produce an attractive glossy surface and to prevent staining. Agate ware was produced by numerous firms in the Staffordshire area in the mid-18th c. Designs were influenced by silver pots from the 1720s. It was replaced by more fashionable creamware by the 1770s.
See notes on "Industry in Britain" in this blog.

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