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Marbleized Mochaware Mocha Teapot...ca. 1790....extremely Rare No Reserve For Sale
This is a creamware marbleized mochaware teapot with lid. I have collected early mochaware for 20 years and this is the only teapot with matching lid I've seen.
The pictures clearly show the great condition and bold, beautiful decoration of this little gem!
Most early fine mochaware is on pearlware body and dates from ca. 1820. This is creamware, which came earlier....
I would guess this piece to be ca. 1780-1790. In the 18th century, tea was an expensive luxury for the wealthy, and teapots were small.
This one is just over 4" tall to the top of the oval finial and the base is a small 3 1/4" diameter. It was made to hold just one cup or two very small cups.
The body is fabulous. The color is strong, the design is bold, and the condition is excellent. It's lightweight, which is what you want, and the glazed finish is smooth, slick, and uniform.
I see no chips or no cracks on the body. The rim of the base has the expected roughness-honest wear-, ever so slight, with a small number of the tiniest shallowest fleabites, really amazing.
The inside of the base is clean and free of any issues. The 8 strainer holes are round and clean. The top rim looks very good; there is a very thin hairline coming down from the top rim and not going through...it's only on the outside-tiny and less than one-half inch long. Amazingly, both the handle and the spout are in great shape. I do not see or feel any issues on the spout. I ran my finger all around the edges of the spout, especially the tip, as well as the nicely shaped handle rims and felt nothing wrong...sometimes the fingers will detect something that the eyes miss! Don't miss the potter's addition of incised lines on the sides of the spout.
The top rim feels just a little less slick than the decorated area below....I do not see or suspect a restoration in this area, but I mention this as it is a possibility and if so, it is well done.
The lid fits perfectly and has the same decoration. There is one small round hole drilled to let out steam. The oval finial looks and feels perfect. Several small shallow chips...most would call them flakes. The good news here is that they are barely noticeable and not visible when the lid is in place. As expected, there is a degree of minor roughness to the lid edges-more easily felt than seen. I cannot be certain, but I suspect that there may have been some restoration to the lid. My basis for this is that the finish to the glaze seems a little cloudy...you really have to look closely to notice this. Also, there are areas of the lid, especially the inside rim, that are less shiny, a bit dull, somewhat satiny, and for that reason, there's a possibility of some fine restoration. Knowing all of that, even with my suspicions, I jumped for this piece when I saw it...advanced collectors know that in a few cases, rarity offsets condition. This example has so much going for it.
My description has been long and detailed. I know a lot about mochaware, but everything I've written is my best, honest opinion. Please...ask any questions you may have. I will answer all to the best of my ability. Insured shipping is free, and the teapot will be carefully packed, double-boxed.
Thank you and enjoy the photos!
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Marbleized Mochaware Mocha Teapot...ca. 1790....extremely Rare No Reserve: $478