This very rare small porcelain teapot is signed in blue underglaze on the base: C D for Coalbrookdale. It was made during the John Rose period of the Coalport company, c.1820-1830. It holds 1 and 1/4 cups.
This teapot is shown on page 285, plate 1210, of "An Anthology of British Teapots" by Miller and Berthoud. It belongs to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Their caption dates it c.1830. The V & A teapot is "attributed to Coalport" and unmarked. Wouldn't it be nice to own this "marked" version?
There is also a photo of the same teapot in the book, "An Illustrated Dictionary of Ceramics", by George Savage. The photo is on page 35, and the caption is: "Porcelain teapot, Coalport, c. 1820. Victoria & Albert Museum, London."
Besides the green leaves, the main motif of this teapot is the scallop shell, which appears on each side of the pot. The height is 6" and the length is also about 6".
The condition of the teapot is only fair. The spout has been professionally repaired. The finial of the lid has been replaced. (According to the photos mentioned above, it was originally a swan finial.) The bail handle has been repaired both front and back. There are various chips to the top edges of the pot. Nevertheless, this is an exceedingly rare piece which still displays well.
Please also see the other signed Coalbrookdale piece, a covered sugar, which we have for sale here at Owen's Antiques.
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