Wedgwood Black Basalt and Encaustic Enamel Rum Kettle

  • This very rare round rum kettle was crafted by Wedgwood in black basalt with a molded bail handle
  • A figure of a shrouded woman, or “Sybil,” crowns the lid and serves as the kettle’s knob finial
  • Encaustic enamel bands ornament the entire piece in a Classical motif recalling Ancient Greek potter
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Item No. 31-0218

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Crafted by Wedgwood, this rare, round-shaped rum kettle is comprised of black basalt and features a molded bail handle and glazed interior. Referred to as “the widow,” a “Sybil” figure of a seated woman covered head-to-toe in a shroud sits atop the kettle lid and serves as its knob finial. Terra-cotta red and white encaustic enamel bands of anthemion, or palms, decorate the entire piece in a clear homage to Classical motifs of Ancient Greek pottery. During the Georgian era, rum was mixed with hot water, lemon and sugar to create a libation known as “Grog.” This fine kettle would have been used to serve this body-warming tipple in chilly English weather.

Circa 1800

Stamped "WEDGWOOD"

11" wide x 8 1/2" deep x 10 1/2" high

Provenance: The Starr Collection.
Wedgwood Black Basalt and Encaustic Enamel Rum Kettle
Maker: Wedgwood
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Tea & Coffee Pots/Services
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Width: 11.0 Inches
Height: 10.5 Inches
Style: Basalt

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