Cream-coloured English earthenware made in the late 18th century. It was designed as a substitute for Chinese porcelain. In 1762 Josiah Wedgwood achieved commercial success with this modestly priced utilitarian ware; restrained designs and elegant transfer printing (see Battersea enamelware) were compatible with his cream-glazed products. By 1790 many other factories (e.g., Liverpool, Bristol, Staffordshire) were producing creamware with success; continental imitations were generally inferior. Creamware was continually made throughout the 19th century and later.
Leeds creamware teapot decorated with green enameling and pierced work, Yorkshire, England, late
—Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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