Teapot with enamelled flowers
Made by John Philip Elers (1664-1738) and David Elers (about 1656-1742) England, probably London
Salt-glazed stoneware, painted in enamels, with a replacement silver spout
Museum no. C.133&A-1938
The fashion for hot drinks such as tea, coffee and chocolate was a huge stimulus for the European ceramic industry around 1700.
This very early teapot was made by slip-casting, a revolutionary new technique invented by John and David Elers. Vessels were cast by pouring liquid clay (slip) into plaster moulds. The process made the manufacture of complicated forms in large quantities easier and less expensive.