Also Called :

Dome Top Teapots

Rarity :


Age :

Early to mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$750.-$1,000. (Add $200. for a stand)

Dimensions :

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7 3/4″ diameter x 8 3/ 8″ high;  Stand: 7 3/8″ diameter x 1 1/4″ high

5 1/2″ diameter x ??? (no top);  Stand: 4 3/4″ diameter x 5/8″ high

Weight :

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Total weight: 3 lbs. 11 oz.;  Top: 10 oz.  Base: 3 lbs. 1 oz.

Base only: 1 lb. 9 oz.

Stands: 14 oz. & 5 oz.

Provenance :

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Leslie Hindman Auction, Chicago-2012

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Availability :


Description:  There are 2 varieties of Dome-Top Teapots, squat ones and tall ones. Pictured here are 2 squat ones. Squat teapots are shorter and have larger diameters than the tall ones. Also, they have wider tops and do not have the handle tangs that the tall ones have. They have shorter pedestal bases and a wide almost flat strip or rib around their middle rather than tapered sides. Another difference: the squats inside have spout holes that are flush to the surface (see next to last picture) whereas the tall teapots have a bubble inside attached to the surface and the holes are in this bubble. Squat examples seem to be rarer than the tall variety.

The similarities are that all Dome-Tops have rain cloud borders on the tops & and on the bases. They all have curved spouts and glazed bases. The tops fit into inset rims and they have a deep foot that keeps them from falling out of the pot when pouring. The knobs on both are blue balls with some more mushroom shaped.

Dome-Tops had round stands that the teapots sat on. They are thicker than plates of the same size to carry the weight of the teapots. These stands are almost rarer than the teapots themselves and add value when they are present.

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