Dragon Teapot.

//Dragon Teapot.

Dragon Teapot.

$49.95 $42.95

ONLY A FEW LEFT. A rare teapot…truly a collectors item and holds a popular place in British myth. Before Christianity came to Englaand, the ancient Celts believed the dragon lived between the two worlds and served as a messenger between the super-natural and the people of the earth. It also guarded the soul of the deceased on its journey to the other world. Made and handpainted by Wood Potters Of Burslem, Staffordshire, England. Stands approximately 5.75″ high. Available in red, cobalt blue, and green. Please specify your choice of colours…we have only a few left in our inventory.

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Description

Dragon Teapot.

Made and hand painted by Wood Potters Of Burslem, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Unique traditional design very popular with collectors.

Stands approximately 5.75″ high.

Available in red, green, and cobalt blue. Please specify your color of choice.

Once these are sold, they will be difficult to find as they  are no longer being produced.

 

The Wood name is not well known in the United States as the Wood family focused on the local English market rather than seeking the world market. Ralph Wood started his pottery in the mid 18th century, about the time of the American Revolution (referred in English textbooks as “The unfortunate incident”). He completed his apprenticeship under the supervision of Josiah Wedgewood and married a Wedgewood daughter. I feel certain the marriage was with love, but Ralph would now have access to the expensive Wedgewood Bottle Kilns he needed to become established.

The Wood pottery was the first to produce the Toby Jug commercially, 85 years earlier than that Royal Dalton, that was still making ceramic hot water bottles to keep one’s feet warm on cold winter nights. The pottery remained in the Wood family and Tony Wood was the owner when we started buying from them in 1981. Unfortunately, the pottery fell victim to a fire (Bottle Kilns are very dangerous), and Tony  decided to retire rather than rebuild.

Most of the molsa that survived the fire were sold to Ellgreave Pottery. But the owner of this old pottery has since retired, passing the pottery to his daughter shortly after she graduated with an art degree from the local college. She had studied under Clarice Cliff and turned to the production of  Art Deco rather than the traditional pottery.