Red stoneware teapot with unfired gold decoration, 1690-8. Museum no. C.4&A-1932

Red stoneware teapot with unfired gold decoration, 1690-8. Museum no. C.4&A-1932

Unfired decoration

This describes painted or metal-leaf decoration that has not been hardened by firing in a kiln and is therefore very vulnerable to damage from handling and cleaning. You can clean around the decoration carefully but cleaning the unfired decoration itself should be left to a conservator.