This teapot has a bamboo handle and is decorated in the popular "Japanese style" with bamboo leaves, cherry blossoms, and trellis. The jug has a stippled body and overglaze enamel painted colors of dark brown, green, pink, and ochre. It is about 6-1/4" (16 cm) high, and 9" (23 cm) wide from spout to handle.
The teapot dates c. 1880. "Bamboo & Trellis " was a very popular pattern which seems to have been made by several Staffordshire potteries, including Brownhills and New Hall. The wares are often misidentified as majolica (perhaps because the colors used are similar to some of those wares). In fact, this is a stoneware bodied jug with relief moulding and a smear glaze. Another distinctive feature of this particular pattern is the "orange peel" texture of the surface.
The tea pot is unmarked except for its hand painted pattern number, "1544 N".
It's in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing, no repairs. This is an antique teapot you can actually use for making tea!
For other examples of this pattern, visit the Norfolk Museum's website; see plate 2075 of Miller & Berthoud's "Anthology of British Teapots"; and page 190 of Henrywood's "Relief Moulded Jugs".
We also have for sale a coffee pot and cream and sugar in this same pattern. We didn't list them together, as they were made by a different maker, and there are slight differences.
Item ID: 9359
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