(Commemorative anti-slavery slave) A rare creamware teapot with moulded spout and handle painted in rouge-de-fer and black with four lines of verse, on the reverse floral sprays in a palette of rouge-de-fer, aubergine, yellow and black, circa 1770, 103mm, the body cracked, the spout tip and lower handle chipped, lacking cover. * The lines of verse are attributed to Richard Duke from his 1717 poem 'The Review'. See an article in Lapham's Quarterly, Wednesday 28th February 2018 where the author discusses the importance of the tea table in the 18th century drawing room as a forum for political change. An example of this teapot in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is attributed to Wedgwood, exhibit number 1951M180. Josiah Wedgwood himself became a staunch supporter of the ant-slavery movement and Godden records that the earliest of Wedgwood wares were unmarked. Pottery of this type has in the past been attributed to the workshops of Robinson & Rhodes of Leeds however recent excavations in Staffordshire have produced similarly decorated shards. For such a commentary see the 1763 Cider Act teapot from the Robin Simpson collection, lot 42.
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