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A First Period Dr Wall Worcester Teapot of globular shape with loop handle painted with ‘fancy birds’ and insects in panels edged in rococo gilt scrolls reserved on ‘wet’ blue ground. The front and back features panels painted with strutting birds against tree foliage. The cover is ornamented with gilt decoration along the rim and surface with butterflies and insects vividly painted in gilt decorated panels. The flower finial is painted in green and tinged puce along the petals.

‘The Dr Hall Story’
Dr Wall and the first factory is a fascinating story of scientific experimentation, friendships and entrepreneurial innovation. Before the 18th century, porcelain was only made in the Far East. European potters had been fascinated by this mysterious material for hundreds of years and in Britain several manufacturers discovered the secrets of porcelain production.

It seems that around 1750 Dr John Wall (1708–1776) and the apothecary William Davis conducted some experiments at Davis’s shop in Broad Street, Worcester and discovered a method of making a porcelain type material. They then persuaded a group of 13 local businessmen to back their discovery with investment in a new factory at Warmstry House. On the 4 June, the 15 partners signed a deed to officially establish the ‘Worcester Tonquin Manufacture’. The secret of porcelain production was to be the property of the subscribers and each agreed to a penalty of £4,000 should they disclose knowledge of the secret to anyone.

The ‘fancy bird’ is adapted from Sevres and is associated with the painters Evans, Aloncle, and Chappuis. 

Condition is excellent overall on the pot with no cracks, chips, hairlines or obvious fritting on spout or lid rims. On the lid the very tip of one of the very small leafs is away. This does not detract in any way from the aesthetic of teapot.

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A stunning first period Dr Wall Worcester Porcelain Teapot of the finest calibre.


Material: Porcelain
Size: Approx 14cm height x 10cm wide x 16.5cm length
Date: Georgian
Stamps: Underglaze blue fretted square seal mark

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First period (Dr Wall) Worcester teapot, circa. 1770