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This teapot was made by the Joseph Stubbs pottery in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, which operated from around 1822 to 1835. This particular piece is called"pearlware." Long thought to have been originated by Josiah Wedgewood, the famed Staffordshire potter, pearlware in fact was created by others in the early 1770s and later taken up by Wedgewood. Pearlware was created as a low-cost alternative to British creamware, which in turn was used to undercut the market for expensive Chinese or even British porcelain. 1822, the year Stubbs entered the market, was a good one for British pottery. The United States and Great Britain had settled most of the tensions that had caused the War of 1812 and had established a trading relationship that would prove highly profitable for both. This kind of mid-range pottery was widely popular in the United States, and graced middle- to upper-class tables across the country.


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