Body Style

Richelieu Shape

Naming Source

Factory Named

Potter

James Wileman
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Fenton Culvert, Fenton, Staffordshire

Manufacturing Era

1870s

Treatment(s)

Copper Lustre

Footprints/Shapes

Oval
Round

Type(s) of Ware

Dinnerware

Motif(s)

Morning Glory

Description

The name "Richelieu Shape" evokes thoughts of fancy French rococo designs but the plain bulbous lines of this body style defy that description.  The conical knobs, some with circus tent stripes, is the only relief from a rather simplistic form.  

Two versions of this body style were potted.  The first version is characterized by an elongated C-shaped handle and a graceful attachment of the lower handle to the body of the teapot.  The second version has more circular handles,  a heavier feeling and a much thicker lower handle attachment to the body of the teapot.  These two versions show the same stamped potters mark on the bottom.