Early 19th Century black Basal tware sugar bowl by William Baddley, circa 1802.
William Baddley active between 1802 and 1822 descended from a family of potters and established his factory in Eastwood, Hanley, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Black Basalt ware is a dry-bodied stoneware fired in an oxidizing atmosphere to produce a black fabric. It was originally used by Josiah Wedgwood for his famous Etruscan vases and it continued later in use for such everyday items such as tea wares.
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