H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
THE SUTHERLAND TEAPOT
The Daniel Sutherland shape with its rococo features and eligance is so representative of the late Georgian early Victorian age. It was manufactured around the time of Henry's death and probably continued until the demise of the company. When scouring the antique fairs it is not unusual to come across items that bear a strong resemblence to Daniel Sutherland pieces but lack the detail and quality we have come to expect of what was in its time one of the most respected companies of its era. Below I have shown two teapots that are currently in my possession that from a distance bear a striking resemblence to each other, but up close you wonder if the one on the right is a Daniel or a later imposter.
It is only when we start looking closely at the features of the two pieces that we see how much they differ.
Firstly looking at the brow. The Daniel item on the left shows a more pronounced moulding which is slightly tapered.
On the Daniel handle the span at the top is slightly wider than the one shown on the right and is recessed into the walls of the crown. This is not normally the case with the lookalikes although on these particular specimens both do have the Daniel recessing. Below the splayed top of the handle the moulding on the Daniel crown is far more of a feature than the one on the right where on this example it looks more like an afterthought.
Once again I must draw your attention to the lack of moulding and detailing in the spout where it joins the body of the teapot. On the Daniel piece they appear to be proud of the scalloping edge and even highlight it with gilding. The one on the right in comparison is functional but is lacking in quality.
So the question must be asked. "Is the example on the right a Sutherland Teapot made by H & R Daniel?" Because of the lack of detailing and finesse I would probably say "No." This may be one of the occasions when moulds were sold to competitors on the demise of the company or to pay off Richards creditors at the time of his bankruptcy. A clue to the origins may lie in a letter "B" on the base of piece.
As with most questions posed by the Daniel factory we can guess or assume, but we may never know for sure.
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