One of the earliest English teapots. It was made in the 1690s by John and David Elers, Dutch silversmiths trying their hand at pottery using stoneware clay from near Newcastle-under-Lyme. It is thought that they used a technique of casting liquid clay – probably prompted by a knowledge of casting metal – which was not then in use in the pottery industry. The pot looks Chinese because all pottery ones up to then had come from China in and amongst the tea itself.
Accession no HMCMS:DA1989.29