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Caneware teapot - 1779

Caneware teapot
    Caneware teapot

This teapot in caneware is moulded to resemble cut bamboo stalks or canes. Despite the bamboo forms often created in caneware the name of the body is derived from its colour. This example was made in 1779-80.

This teapot in cane ware is moulded to resemble cut bamboo stalks or canes. Despite the bamboo forms often created in cane ware the name of the body is derived from its colour. This example was made in 1779-80.

  • Type of object: Teaware/teapot
  • Mark: Wedgwood & Bentley
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1779
  • Body: caneware
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 5012, 5012a
  • Dimensions: 98 mm (height), 160 mm (width, handle to spout)

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Glossary

  • Bamboo ware

    Bamboo ware

    Ceramic wares made in imitation of cut lengths of bamboo. The use of the bamboo form by Wedgwood first commenced in 1770, and was generally reserved for production in Cane ware, however some examples of jasper and black basalt also exist.

  • Cane ware

    Cane ware

    Caneware is a dry-bodied stoneware, perfected from local North Staffordshire clays which does not require glazing. It ranges in colour from a rich tan-yellow through to buff. Wedgwood commenced work on this body in the early 1770s, and on 9 September 1771 he was able to write to Thomas Bentley: ‘I am very happy to know the Fawn colour'd articles are agreeable to your wishes, - I believe they will sell, for all who have seen them here, have fall'n in love with them'.

    Cane Ware was used for both Ornamental and Useful pieces, many of which were decorated in imitation of bamboo. Major pieces do not seem to have been produced until 1779,  as late as 1783 this new body was still presenting production problems and it was not until the summer of 1786 that the new body was totally established. The problem was resolved when a finer-ground body was produced, which could be enhanced by the addition of bas relief ornamentation, encaustic painting, or - from the early years of the nineteenth century onwards - by the combination print and enamel patterns which later became known as 'Capri' ware. A rather coarser cane body was also used for game pie dishes and pastry dishes. It first appeared in the 1787 edition of the Catalogue of Ornamental Wares, when it was the fifth in Wedgwood's list of ceramic bodies.