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Agateware Pitcher Set

Original price $750.00 - Original price $750.00
Original price
$750.00 - $750.00
Current price $750.00
SKU 2189

(Tea pot: 8.5"x7.5"x4" Pitcher: 8"x4"x4")

An 18th-century English agateware set including one teapot, one narrow necked pitcher, and one low cream pitcher. Agateware, also known as ‘scroddled ware’ in the United States, and ‘nerikomi’ in Japan, is a pottery technique that can be traced to antiquity. Named for the agate stone, which reveals multiple layers of various colours when sliced open, this technique involves mingling coloured clays together to create a marbled, free-flowing design. These effects can be created either by using a premade mixture of clays or by layering thin slabs of clay to create patterns. Either of these preparations can then be placed in a mold or shaped by hand. Agateware ceramics gained mainstream prominence in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in Britain, with world-renowned potters like Josiah Wedgewood (1730-1780) mastering the technique. Greater public desire for this style ceased around 1780, at which point mass produced English porcelain gained popularity. This specific collection is a premier example of the beauties of agateware. Constructed from cream, black, and brown coloured clays, each object features a unique and memorizing swirling pattern. The pieces are complementary, not identical, which creates a sense of cohesion while simultaneously exciting the eye. The tea pot, narrow necked pitcher, and low cream pitcher are all in excellent condition.

At this time in London, the current iteration of St. Paul’s Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London (1666) destroyed the original building. Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) designed the new church in the English Baroque style. Construction began in 1675, and was officially completed in 1710. St. Paul’s Cathedral was recorded as the tallest building in London from 1710–1963, and today remains one of the most famous and recognizable landmarks in the city.