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A7954 Teapot and cover, earthenware, made by Bakewells, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940. Click to enlarge.

Teapot made by Bakewells from Sydney

Made
Bakewell Brothers Ltd was established by William Bakewell, born in England in Nottingham county, who began making bricks and pipes on the Erskineville site in around 1884. The firm gradually developed to include the manufacture of tiles, pots, jars and other domestic and commercial wares.

In 1914 Bakewell Bros donated a number of objects to the Museum. The Annual Report, 1914, described the donation as being 'A very fine collection of specimens of domestic pottery...[which] illustrates very …

Summary

Object No.

A7954

Object Statement

Teapot and cover, earthenware, made by Bakewells, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940

Physical Description

Teapot and cover, earthenware, made by Bakewells, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940

An earthenware teapot and cover. The teapot has an ovular body with a spout attached to one side and a handle attached to the other. The top of the teapot features a green glaze which streaks down the sides of the teapot mixing with brown glaze and yellow glaze. Yellow glaze covers the bottom section of the teapot. There is a round opening at the top of the teapot into which a round earthenware lid fits. The lid has a rounded knob in the centre and has been painted with brown glaze and edged with green glaze. The spout and handle have been painted with brown, green and yellow glaze. The opening to the spout has chipped.

Marks

Stamped on the base of the teapot 'MADE BY / BAKEWELLS / SYDNEY / NSW'.

Dimensions

Height

150 mm

Width

205 mm

Depth

110 mm

Production

Notes

The teapot and cover were made by Bakewells in Erskenville Sydney between 1930 and 1940.

History

Notes

Bakewell Brothers was established by William Bakewell, born in England in Nottingham county, who began making bricks and pipes on the Erskineville site in around 1884. The Australian potters gradually increased production and from 1891 made Bristol-glazed bottles, small rings (or 'safe stands') to hold water in which the feet of cupboards were stood for the protection of food from attack by ants, butter pots, jars and other domestic wares.

Bakewells were among early Australian producers of transfer-printed earthenware for table use, which was patterned in green or sepia with Australian flora or English designs, beginning in 1905 until around 1914. However the company was unable to compete with imported wares, and by 1918 the firm was dealing in English transfer-printed ware.

Art deco elements in style which appeared in the 1930s were restricted to ornamental ware, mainly vases and jugs rather than tableware. However sets of slip-cast teapot, sugar bowl and jog, sometimes with matching tray, were made with sharp winged or fluted designs in relief and shaded glaze. A 'Newtone' range produced around 1937 included hand painted vases with bush landscapes and typically Australian scenes, in blue or natural colours, and included motifs such as kookaburras. The firm also made small moulded koala bears, kookaburras and pin dishes in the late 1930s and after World War II. Painted wares continued briefly after 1945 and include small dishes in the shape of Australia. The firm closed in 1955, however some moulds continued to be used by a former employee working alone until the early 1960s.



REF:

Bilney, Elizabeth (ed), 'Decorative Arts and Design from the Powerhouse Museum', Powerhouse Publishing, 1991

Graham, Marjorie, 'Australian Pottery of the 19th & early 20th Century, David Ell Press, Sydney, 1979

Hammond, Victoria (ed), 'Australian Ceramics', Sheparton Art Gallery, 1987

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1981

Acquisition Date

26 August 1981

Cite this Object

Harvard

Teapot made by Bakewells from Sydney 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <https://ma.as/195094>

Wikipedia

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