• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 204

    A WILLIAM GREATBATCH CREAMWARE TRANSFER-PRINTED GLOBULAR TEAPOT AND COVER

    CIRCA 1779

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM GREATBATCH CREAMWARE TRANSFER-PRINTED GLOBULAR TEAPOT AND COVER
    CIRCA 1779
    With foliage-moulded spout and ear-shaped handle, printed and coloured with a half-length portrait of The Hon.ble Aug.sõs Keppel, the reverse with a Man of War in full sail, divided by waisted purple sponged panels, the cover with winged angels heads and flower finial
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel (1725-1786) joined the Royal Navy at the age of ten and by 1770 was a Vice Admiral and a Whig member of the House of Commons. He was court martialled in February 1779 after the naval defeat at Ushant, near Brittany. Keppel believed this defeat was partly due to the insubordination of Sir Hugh Palliser, who disregarded his orders. Although both Palliser and Keppel were acquitted, Keppel's prestige and resulting notoriety, afforded commercial opportunity for commemorative ceramics. Artwork was readily available from contemporary prints of the popular Admiral. Wedgwood produced similar wares with Keppel's head printed in black.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Acquired from Jonathan Horne, London.


    Literature

    R. Sharp, Ceramics: Ethics & Scandal, New York, 2002, p. 235.