Pomona Porcelain Lidded Teapot

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Porcelain lidded teapot excavated in Newcastle-under-Lyme from the site of the William Steers potworks. © Borough Museum

The teapot was made between 1744-47 and represents some of the earliest porcelain in England.This teapot was made at a potworks in Newcastle-under-Lyme between 1744-47. The work was probably by William Steers and was experimental as no recognised finished wares from the so-called 'Pomona' factory exist. Both the teapot and the site are important as they represent very early porcelain production in North Staffordshire. This period marks the beginning of the pottery industry in Staffordshire which has become world renowned. The teapot is part of a large collection and was made at a time when tea drinking was becoming fashionable and there was a desire to produce porcelain to compete with expensive Chinese imports. The teapot's peony design actually mimics Chinese designs. The wasters found on the site include numerous teapots, tea drinking bowls, mugs, tankards, jugs, a mustard pot and a spittoon. All pieces were reconstructed following excavation.

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