Pearlware Teapot

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
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
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
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Clare Boyd Shenehon

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