Rare early Macintyre teapot, Moorcroft style Aurelian slipware border, circa 1897

$595.00 AUD

Rare early Macintyre ‘Aurelian Ware’ teapot, the bulbous body with pale olive ground, the rim with an elegant slip design of blue swags on a pale ground, reminiscent of the coming post-1913 ‘Moorcroft’ designs, with further blue glaze details to handle & spout terminals, with gold line rims.

Printed mark for Macintyre, also registration mark ‘RdNo311909’ for early 1898

Footrim has a painter’s signature ‘X M**by’ in black,

Circa 1898

 

Condition: tip of spout overpainted, otherwise excellent condition

13cm high, handle-to-spout 20cm

Provenance: from an old Australian collection.

James Macintyre & Co employed the ceramic artist William Moorcroft in 1897, where he was responsible for the introduction of the slip-decorated designs they called ‘Aurelian Ware’. This was of course to blossom into the famous Moorcroft firm when William left Macintyre in 1913 and set up his own works, with the help of Liberty’s of London.
The registration numbers for 1897 ended with 311,657;  the registration of this teapot design was the 252nd for 1898, indicating it was probably prepared in 1897, the first year of William Moorcroft’s employment at Macintyre’s works, and submitted early in 1898.

This is a rare example of the first inkling of what would become Moorcroft, and desirable despite the repair to the lip.

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