Shape Type: Breakfast & Tea Wares

Pattern Type: Literature, Classical, Mythology, and the Arts

Date: 1770-1790


  • Diameter: 6.10 in (15.50 cm)
  • Height: 5.12 in (13.00 cm)
  • Length: 10.04 in (25.50 cm)

Maker: Unknown

Engraver: Thomas Rothwell

Engraver's Mark:



Creamware teapot printed in black with a figure of Minerva signed "Thomas Rothwell" and "Sculpsit" [i.e. engraved it] to left and right. Minerva is seated with emblems of Wisdom and Industry and the motto: "Let Wisdom Unite Us" but framed incongruously by trophies of dead game hanging on either side.

Rothwell is said to have moved from Liverpool and to have been working for Humphrey Palmer in Hanley by about 1767, but was living in Birmingham by 1773. It is possible that some pots bearing this print were made by Palmer or his partner and successor Neale, but it is also possible that Rothwell executed the print for another potter as a freelance engraver.