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Josiah Wedgwood & Sons
English

Teapot

ca. 1810

Red stoneware (‘rosso antico’ ware) with applied relief decoration in black basalt

8 1/8 in. L x 3 1/4 in. H (20.8 cm L x 8.8 cm H)

$3,500.00

This rosso antico teapot is a fine example of the Egyptian Revival style, popularized in Europe during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. It features sphinxes, owls, and canopic jars among other hieroglyphical motifs modeled in black basalt against a rosso antico background. Rosso antico, literally meaning ‘antique red,’ was developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1760s. It paid homage to the traditional red clay wares produced in Staffordshire during the 17th and 18th century as well as the even more ancient pottery being excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although rosso antico wares initially exhibited Classical designs, the factory was quick to encompass the Egyptian style in the early 19th century. The teapot is topped with a charming black basalt crocodile finial for a final touch of Egyptomania.

This rosso antico teapot is a fine example of the Egyptian Revival style, popularized in Europe during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. It features sphinxes, owls, and canopic jars among other hieroglyphical motifs modeled in black basalt against a rosso antico background. Rosso antico, literally meaning ‘antique red,’ was developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1760s. It paid homage to the traditional red clay wares produced in Staffordshire during the 17th and 18th century as well as the even more ancient pottery being excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although rosso antico wares initially exhibited Classical designs, the factory was quick to encompass the Egyptian style in the early 19th century. The teapot is topped with a charming black basalt crocodile finial for a final touch of Egyptomania.

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Condition

Excellent. Tiny nick to spout.

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References

Brooklyn Museum, 61.199.58

Chazen Museum of Art, 1991.163.1a-b

Victoria & Albert Museum, 2375&A-1901 & 28 to B-1904

Excellent. Tiny nick to spout.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Brooklyn Museum, 61.199.58

Chazen Museum of Art, 1991.163.1a-b

Victoria & Albert Museum, 2375&A-1901 & 28 to B-1904

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This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $75.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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