1766 ACCESSION OF CHARLES III
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1766 ACCESSION OF CHARLES III, JACOBITE KING OF BRITAIN
An important Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware teapot and cover, c.1766, the globular body decorated in opaque white enamel with rose flowers, buds and leaves on a rich blue ground, inscribed 'C*R III', with crabstock handle and spout, minor faults, 20.7cm across. (2)
Charles Edward Stuart (the Young Pretender) was Catholic, the eldest son of James Francis Stuart (the Old Pretender) and grandson of James II of England (1633-1701) who succeeded to the throne upon the death of his brother Charles II in 1685. In the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the Protestant William III and Mary took the crown of Britain, leaving James II to escape to France. On 1st January 1766 James Francis Stuart died, leaving Charles Edward Stuart to claim the British crown as Charles III in exile, as part of the Jacobite succession. This teapot is believed to be one of only two known examples, the other being in the British Museum (No. 1938,0218.1.CR).
Provenance: ex Byrom family collection, sold Lyon and Turnbull, 14th May 2015, lot 61. The Byrom family from the North of England were notable Jacobite supporters, forming a collection of associated relics.