Pearlware Teapot

Description
This pearlware teapot with a blue, hand-painted underglaze from about 1825-1840 was designed with a concave sloping neck, a spout, and a loop handle. The surface is decorated with a series of circular arcs around the shoulder and spear-shaped leaves have been placed at each joint. Spear-shaped leaves also decorate the handle and spout. A quartrefoil-shaped flower flanked by three leaves adorns both sides of the body. The cover has a similar design and a globular knob. After the American Revolution, drinking tea became a politicized activity, as some saw it as unpatriotic. Nevertheless, a home tea service remained a symbol of gentility and class, with upper classes using pure silver sets, and the middle and lower classes using silver luster or ceramic sets to have their afternoon tea and entertain guests.
Object Name
teapot and cover
date made
1825-1840
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13.5 cm x 24 cm x 14 cm; 5 5/16 in x 9 7/16 in x 5 1/2 in
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
1980.0614.105ab
catalog number
1980.0614.105ab
accession number
1980.0614
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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